While our communities make up the majority in many spaces in the Mid-Valley, due to racism and systemic inequities rooted in white supremacy, we are disproportionately overrepresented in the wrong places, especially our future—our youth. This is evident in our criminal justice system, income inequality, educational attainment, access to healthcare, and food security. Working in our environment and with our community is like building in earthquake mode—all the time.While our communities are in a constant state of survival, this is not our future. We come from abundance and are determined to share these gifts for the prosperity of Oregon.
AP is primed for this evolution of its work. We have nearly 20 years of history working together. Our work reaches over 350,000 Latino/indigena/afrodescendiente across the Willamette Valley. Our community organizing, advocacy, and leadership development strategies have resulted in a “growing seat at the table,” and multiple local/statewide policy victories. Building on these strategies to create community wealth will be a key part of our future.
In 2022, AP will be launching the AP Community Wealth Building Initiative (APCWBI) to help develop community wealth in the Mid-Willamette Valley region, rooted in our cultural assets, working to improve the quality of life for all, especially the most vulnerable. The project core activities will include the following:
When is the project occurring?
This is a two-year project which begins mid-March 2022 and concludes in 2023. The project application process will open on February 18, 2022, and closes on March 18, 2022. The selection of participants will occur the week of March 28, 2022.
Who is leading the project?
The project will be led by Jaime Arredondo (ED CLI), Maria Elena Guerra (ED FHDC & Evolve), Levi Herrera (ED MaMFC), and supported by Ashley Orozco (CLI staff) and a consultant who will be hired on.
What are the expectations?
The project requires a 2-year commitment. For year one, participants are expected to dedicate 4-6 hours monthly which may be broken into 2-3 sessions. Specifics about time commitment are yet to be determined and a final decisions will be made within the group. Year two time commitment is still under development.
How much will it cost?
The cost is free to participants. AP has received a large grant from the Northwest Area Foundation to support this effort, which will cost over $100,000. Stipends will be provided to each participant in the amount of $750 per year.
Who should apply? Leaders with:
Land/real estate acquisition, Workforce development, Small business, Social enterprise , Entrepreneurship,
Financial literacy, Fee for services models, Collective models for economic development
Where Can I Apply?
To apply, please fill out and submit our form: Apply Here