The Power-Building Academy is an entry point for community members who want to lead change. Over seven months, a place-based class of up to 35 residents partner with WEPOWER to learn, collaborate, and take action.
Residents—AKA Power-Builders—work to achieve policy change that strengthens outcomes for kids in their community.
Power-Builders learn how to lead policy change by…
Accessing training on racial and social justice;
Growing an understanding of how the current system works;
Completing data analysis and community engagement;
Researching and creating or improving existing policies;
Then, launching a policy campaign to turn the dream into reality!
NORTH & WEST ST. LOUIS CITY / ECONOMIC JUSTICE / FALL 2019
Tyrone Brock Jr
NORTH ST. LOUIS CITY / EDUCATION JUSTICE / SPRING 2019
WEST ST. LOUIS CITY / EDUCATION JUSTICE / SPRING 2019
CITY OF EAST ST. LOUIS / EDUCATION JUSTICE / FALL 2018
NORTH ST. LOUIS CITY / EDUCATION JUSTICE / SPRING 2018
CAMPAIGN FOR A COMMUNITY BENEFITS AGREEMENT & BETTER JOBS
This campaign is being launched by all-Black group of East St. Louisans. Elevate ESTL, a community organizing campaign requests that:
- East St. Louis City Council passes a Community Benefits Agreement ordinance.
- The City and newly formed Community Committee develop and monitor a first source hiring program.
- The City of East St. Louis launches a workforce development fund.
“I’m always looking for ways to improve the education system that my daughter has to grow up in, that I grew up in. I know this is a start. ”
ALEXIS BATES, POWER-BUILDER