Virginia Community Voice equips neighbors in marginalized communities to realize their vision for their neighborhoods, and prepares institutions to respond effectively. VACV has two programs: RVA Thrives & Community Voice Blueprint RVA Thrives increases neighborhood leadership over decisions affecting Richmond’s Jefferson Davis Corridor community. Using a four stage process we listen to neighbors, connect them to resources, craft equitable solutions, and reflect on our progress. Current Issues » Equitable Solutions: Employment » Job seeker & employer focus groups and surveys Neighborhood safety » Youth program to create traffic calming street art Neighborhood beautification » Annual community-wide clean up days Housing » Gentrification forums & equitable development scorecard Community Voice Blueprint is a guide to our four-stage community engagement process. Using the Blueprint, we train and coach institutions on how to engage marginalized communities equitably. Learn more and get involved: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Voice Blueprint
Community Voice Blueprint is a guide to the Virginia Community Voice model of community engagement. Our model follows a four-stage process. Listen, to identify community strengths and challenges; Connect, to organize people around key issues; Craft, to collaborate on equitable solutions; Reflect, to gather feedback for impact and improvement. Community Voice Blueprint is available for download at vacommunityvoice.org. The website and toolkit and will be disseminated to partners in Richmond starting in June 2019. VACV will offer training and coaching on the Community Voice model of engagement starting in 2020. The audience for Blueprint services is institutions (nonprofits, philanthropies, health care, education and faith organizations, government entities, and corporations, etc.). VACV will offer Blueprint services to organizations in Richmond, and move out to the counties in the Metro-Richmond region, eventually taking the Blueprint statewide. The purpose of the Blueprint is to prepare Virginia institutions to engage historically marginalized communities more equitably and effectively.
RVA Thrives increases neighborhood leadership over decisions affecting Richmond’s Jefferson Davis Corridor community. Since 2016, RVA Thrives has listened to understand what neighbors along the corridor want to see happen in their community. RVA Thrives started with two questions: what would it look like and take for your community to thrive? RVA Thrives connects neighbors with each other and allies, and equips neighbors with tools to identify and prioritize issues they see in their community. While the issues may change, the goal of RVA Thrives is for neighbors along the Jefferson Davis Corridor to take greater leadership over decisions affecting their community. Neighbors have identified and prioritized the issues of jobs access, safety, neighborhood beautification and housing affordability. Today, RVA Thrives equips neighbors to design equitable solutions, ranging from the programmatic to the political. Neighbors have launched ARCA (Art, Reconciliation, & Civic Advocacy) a program for Latino/a, Black, and White youth. ARCA participants are creating traffic-calming street art at intersections along the corridor. Neighbors are working on an equitable development scorecard, a set of priorities for development on the Southside that does not displace low-income families. Neighbors are surveying their neighbors to better understand barriers Southside residents face to employment and career advancement.