The last decade included many important advances toward equality. Additionally, issues and challenges faced by gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) youth and families received increased attention and greater visibility.
However, GLBT youth and families need more, with respect to services and advocacy efforts. GLBT youth and families need safer schools, access to adoption, and family recognition and support. Change will only happen if organizations play their part in elevating the voices of their communities.
Joint Alliance for Children and Families and United Neighborhood Centers of America member Neighborhood Centers Inc.’s recent work in community building is focused on helping community members identify and leverage existing strengths and resources to make neighborhoods a place of renewed hope and opportunity. This is an asset-based community development approach. The organization is using appreciative Inquiry to uncover neighborhood assets and put them to work on building the future envisioned by neighborhood residents. Staff from Neighborhood Centers will discuss this approach and share best practices.