Through the development of a comprehensive youth education model, OCAPICA works to improve the health of Pacific Islander communities in Orange County, California. Data shows that Pacific Islanders have high rates of obesity, alcohol and drug use, as well significant levels of poverty and low rates of education attainment. In partnership with Anaheim Union High School District, OCAPICA developed a pipeline program providing in-school and after-school activities to support the development of students and families.
When the Healthy Harvey Coalition (HHC) received a Healthy Communities Initiative (HCI) Grant from the Kansas Health Foundation, the coalition prioritized active transportation as our goal. We partnered with the City of Newton, Kansas (population 19,117), Harvey County, USD 373, and the ReNewton Bicycle Initiative (RBI) to complete a Bike Master Plan (BMP) for the city.
Our Selves Our Daughters (Our Daughters for short) is a community-initiated project that uses a dialogue-based model to address Female Genital Cutting (FGC) by exploring the many factors that support or detract from carrying out the procedure, addressing health impacts, and supporting informed decision-making that can lead to prevention. Our Daughters engages with immigrant and refugee women, men and youth from FGC-affected communities living in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. We utilize an iterative process that involves community-based research and education.
Project EXCELL (Extending College Education for Lifelong Learning) for is a program that provides personal enrichment and life skill classes to adults 18 years and older with developmental disabilities. Students come from as far as 60 miles one way to attend classes in Manhattan KS. This program offers social and educational opportunities for students who may not otherwise be able to participate in a college setting through classes held on Saturday mornings on Kansas State University’s campus.
The Charter for Compassion International seeks to make compassionate action “go viral” in the hearts and minds of communities globally by working with them to address their most pressing needs. We view compassion as a verb, moving beyond empathy to identify problems and act on solutions. November 2014, we launched the Charter Tool Box after a 9‐month process engaging 150 of our grass roots community organizers to learn what they needed in order to create viable action plans that would bring about pronounced change in their locales.
Re-usable, washable sanitary towels and undergarments program for poor young women in Kiambu County, Kenya
We began providing disadvantaged young women with sanitary towels and undergarments back in 2007 when a girl was brought to our office for counseling apparently her widowed mum could not afford sanitary napkins so she had improvised with rags which made menstrual blood to leak through her dress which was shaming.
Motor City Blight Busters (MCBB) has been working to alleviate blight within the city since 1988. The MCBB tears down blighted structures, clears trash, and brings lots to code. Since 2005, the Fertile Ground Collective (FGC) has been an integral part of the MCBB. Once the MCBB has cleared the land, the FGC helps residents in the neighborhood surrounding the lot establish community gardens. In this way, the cleared lots become vital spaces utilized by the community.