Trusted Advocates

A Multicultural Approach to Building and Sustaining Resident Involvement

Posted January 17, 2007
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation
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In 2006, the Annie E. Casey Foundation facilitated a peer match between two Making Connections sites: Oakland, Calif., and White Center in Seattle. The goal? Teach residents and community partners in Oakland about White Center’s Trusted Advocates program, which utilizes respected local leaders to engage minority groups in community change. This report recaps how the peer match evolved, why the Trusted Advocates model works and exactly what information the two sites exchanged. 

Making Connections is an ambitious 10-site, long-term initiative devoted to advancing the premise that supportive communities can help empower families and enhance outcomes for children.   

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Oakland’s diverse community is one of its strengths — and one of its biggest challenges

The Making Connections site in Oakland, Calif., was struggling to engage residents across multiple ethnic and cultural communities. Few residents could describe the initiative’s bigger picture or how it related to their lives. To address this challenge, the jurisdiction requested a peer match with White Center — a Making Connections site in Washington — to learn more about their innovative Trusted Advocates program.