California’s future depends on all of its residents, particularly young people who are our future business owners, doctors, teachers and elected officials. Investments that make sure youth have meaningful opportunities to improve their quality of life are smart for the future of California. As one of the most diverse states in the nation, California depends significantly on the success of the communities of color that together comprise a majority of its population. Yet many African Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, Native Americans and other Californians face systemic barriers to leading healthy lives. These barriers block access to quality education, safe neighborhoods, clean environments and other resources, and result in racial inequities.
Nonprofit organizations are essential to the flourishing of communities, and a vibrant and diverse civil society requires both effective community-based organizations and strong, diverse leadership throughout the nonprofit sector. The goal of the Leadership Development for Racial Equity program was to strengthen the capacity of organizations with leaders of color, working with youth in low-income communities of color, to address racial inequities through policy and system change.
Through a four-year partnership of The California Endowment and Sierra Health Foundation, The Center awarded funding to support advocacy-related capacity building and leadership development activities for youth-focused nonprofit organizations led by people of color serving in Northern California and the San Joaquin Valley.
Funding was open to youth-focused organizations led by people of color working to eliminate health disparities that have an interest in increasing their organizational capacity to address issues of racial equity.
The Leadership Development for Racial Equity program was funded by The California Endowment and Sierra Health Foundation and was managed by The Center.