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.