Resources

 

Organized Communities, Stronger Schools

Sistas and Brothas United (SBU), the youth organizing arm of NWBCCC was featured in “Organized Communities, Stronger Schools” by the Annenberg Institute. In this study, the Annenberg Institute highlights how our organizing efforts helps develop new capacities in schools – particularly in the areas of school-community relationships, parent involvement and engagement, sense of school community and trust, teacher collegiality, and teacher morale. The influence SBU’s youth organizing has on young people’s development and future academic success and how their organizing efforts impacts our community’s capacity to change our schools for the better is highlighted in this study.

Please read more here: Organized Communities, Stronger Schools – Annenberg Institute

 A match on Dry Grass: Community Organizing as a Catalyst for School Reform

In A Match on Dry Grass: Community Organizing as a Catalyst for School Reform, Mark R. Warren and Karen L. Mapp discuss our organizing efforts with parents, youth and community members around a variety of community issues through congregations, neighborhood associations, and schools. In their work, Warren and Mapp highlight our reputation of creativity and flexibility in our organizing approaches. In Chapter Seven, our efforts to engage parents and young people across the Bronx, and the city, are acknowledged as we build a powerful alliance with unions and other groups. Our efforts to engage a massive and notoriously unresponsive bureaucracy in the city’s department of education is celebrated in our work to demand more and better schools.

Want to purchase the book? Please go to matchondrygrass.org, or purchase a copy on Amazon at the following link: http://www.amazon.com/Match-Dry-Grass-Community-Organizing/dp/0199793581

 Boom for Who?: How the Resurgence of the Bronx is Leaving Residents Behind

In collaboration with the Community Development Project of the Urban Justice Center, NWBCCC published “Boom for whom? How the Resurgence of the Bronx is Leaving Residents Behind.” In order to break the cycle of dead-end, part-time, and low-wage work that handicaps this community, the Northwest Bronx Community & Clergy Coalition (NWBCCC) conducted a survey that identified ways to leverage opportunities between city and private investments and community needs. NWBCCC believes that the people most affected by poverty, failing schools, and disinvestment should be at the table to make decisions about the future of their neighborhoods.

To learn more about our findings and recommendations, please read more here: Boom for Whom?: How the Resurgence of the Bronx is Leaving Residents Behind

 Scattered Dreams

In partnership with the Community Development Project (CDP) of the Urban Justice Center, the Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition (NWBCCC) released their “Scattered Dreams” report that explains the Scattered Site Program effects on affordable housing and the on-going problems and failures of this temporary, transitional shelter program to effectively address the homelessness crisis. “Scattered Dreams” highlights the winners and losers of the more than one hundred million dollar investment by New York City through the Scattered Site Program and puts forth concrete and timely recommendations to improve strategies to provide temporary housing to homeless families and prevent low-income families from entering the system in the first place.

To read more about these recommendations and findings click here: Scattered Dreams

 Building Transformative Youth Leadership: Data on the Impacts of Youth Organizing

In Funder’s Collaborative on Youth Organizing released data on the impact of youth organizing. NWBCCC’s youth organizing arm, SBU, was featured in their report that highlighted youth organizing efforts to increase awareness and understanding of youth organizing for funders and community organizations. To learn more about the importance of youth organizing, SBU’s role in empowering Bronx youth, and our successful campaign with

The Leadership Institute, read more here: Building Transformative Youth Leadership: Data on the Impacts of Youth Organizing