"Helping Others to Help Themselves"


         

         

         

         

         

         

         

                          

                 

         

                     

DESCRIPTIONS OF SOME OF OUR CURRENT PROJECTS

HEALTHIER COMMUNITIES INITIATIVE WITH BLACK PEOPLE RUN BIKE AND SWIN

Health disparities and health inequities are a major barrier to reducing poverty in low to middle income families in financially unstable communities.  NIHD joined with Jerri Haslem and Patrick Packer to develop our program, Black People Run Bike and Swim Healthier Communities.  This is an innovative approach to implement programs, events and public policy to build healthier communities.

Black People Run Bike and Swim Healthier Communities uses the CRATE model asset mapping assessment tool.  CRATE is Community Resources Awareness Team and Evaluation tool.  This tool is used for projects ranging in size from one small neighborhood to multi communities initiatives.  Community asset mapping programs provides a road map for the development of in-community programs that improve the lives of people living in neighborhoods.

BPRBS Healthier Communities supported events

5K-At-The-Junction held each fall in a historic neighborhood that provides an opportunities to encourage runners and walkers to take to the neighborhood street to raise awareness of the benefits of walking and running in the community.

Ride UNITED bring cyclist from around the country to cycle parts of the Birmingham Civil Right Trail of the Red Rock Trail system.  This event responds to the need for new and innovative approaches of encourage the community to keep moving.

Our Docena Healthier Community Project and the Fairfield Forward project are initiatives that are being supported by the effort of three AmeriCorp VISTA grant from the National Corporation of Community Service.

Visit the website at www.BlackPeopleRunBikeandSwim.com or on Facebook at Healthier Communities BPRBS

 

RURAL LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE

   

The Rural Leadership Development Institute Project is funded by the Daniel Foundation of Alabama from 2012-2015.  The objective of the project is to increase the leadership capacity and skill level of current and future leaders in rural Alabama communities through a one year program.

Annually, three rural communities (one in North Alabama, one in Central Alabama, and one in South Alabama) are targeted for multiple leadership training and consultation sessions.  Participants are selected from among community and political leaders, business owners, educational leaders, civic organization leaders, corporate managers, and religious leaders.

 

PHENOMENAL WOMEN'S SUMMIT

The Phenomenal Women's Summit is an annual conference started in 2012 for women of all ages.  Designed to inspire, inform and empower, the Summit offers plenary sessions, workshops, community service projects, and other activities utilizing women with expertise in their fields to share their stories of struggle and success.  Past conference attendees include women from Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, South Carolina, Illinois, Washington DC and other parts of the United States.  Corporate sponsors include Miles College, the City of Birmingham, Regions Bank and Alabama Power to name a few.  Visit the website at www.phenomenalwomenssummit.com or on Facebook at Phenomenal Women's Summit 2014.

 

THE ACADEMY FOR PUBLIC THEOLOGY

The two-year curriculum is designed to equip pastoral leaders and laypersons for ministry in congregations and communities with a focus on relevancy to the social, cultural and political contexts in which that ministry occurs so that lives are transformed.  Classes are offered in the Fall and Spring semesters, with three classes per semester.  Class locations include Birmingham, Huntsville, Opelika, Chatom and a distance learning program for Florida.  The first class of 30 is scheduled to graduate in May 2014.

 

 

 

 

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