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2019 Connectors Institute Celebration 
Photo Cred: Daniel Jackson
2019 Connectors Institute Celebration Photo Cred: Daniel Jackson

Community Connectors Program & Institute

LISC and our partners understand that community development is most impactful through collaboration and sustained engagement with neighborhood residents. The Community Connectors program helps ensure residents directly impacted by development shape the planning and implementation of revitalization. Connectors go back to the basics: directly reaching neighbors wherever they are, whether at the supermarket, child care center, library, hair salon, school, or home. Through conversations and surveys, they get to know their neighbors, connect them to resources, and find out what’s needed in the community.

After a six-week intensive training institute, the Connectors program employs resident leaders to build on the assets within their communities, and help neighbors achieve community goals. By reaching individuals at the neighborhood level, Connectors reach those left out of the traditional engagement sphere.

Community Connectors Institute
LISC’s Community Connectors Institute equips Community Connectors with the knowledge and skills to be more effective leaders in driving positive neighborhood change. Through this six-week intensive training, Connectors:

  • Learn key concepts, strategies and tools relating to community development
  • Apply their talents and skills to strengthening their communities
  • Explore the next steps of their professional journey

After institute completion, periodic trainings are offered to continue advancing core competencies valued in the workplace, such as customer service, communication, conflict resolution, research, project planning, and time management skills.

Community Partners
Community-based organizations are core to the success of the Community Connector’s program. Each partner organization employs, trains, supervises the Community Connectors’ work so that it is sustainable. Applying a small team method, each community partner employs 2-10 Community Connectors. Current partners include:

I became a Connector because...

Hear from Connectors on why they joined the Community Connectors Program and how they're shaping their communities. Listen to their responses

Connectors Institute Celebration
Connectors Institute Celebration