November 29, 2018
Uplifting innovative leadership in and with community is about identifying the levers to realign power. This includes shifting who receives andmakes decisions about money and other critical resources.
Come hear from Lisa Leverette and team members from Community Connections Grant Program about their revolutionary approach to supporting and edifying leadership for grassroots residents and youth in Detroit. They are challenging conventional ideas about ‘capacity building’ which assumes a deficit in specific skills when it’s often a question of access to resources and, instead figuring out with community what kinds of supports enable transformational community-driven change.
Join us as they explore questions like
What Community Connections has learned about how grassroots leaders conceptualize leadership and how the
program responds to their identified needs.
Values, related to equity that drive the programs support of resident leaders
The most important ingredient they employ to build and support youth leadership
The relationship between youth self-advocacy and equity.
Lisa Leverette is a Detroit based Change Orchestrator. Her experience spans over 25 years and is concentrated upon utilizing the framework of relationship building and an equity lens to identify and eliminate barriers to success, manage and change systems to improve conditions, opportunities and odds for marginalized groups and communities.
Lisa currently manages Community Connections Grant Program, a philanthropic intermediary working in partnership with institutions, foundations and communities to re-grant funds to increase the ability of institutions and grassroots groups to act and achieve relevant and transformational change. The program is a proven tool for resident engagement, building and strengthening responsive local and institutional leadership and achieving bottom up systems change. She manages the entity through a laser focused equity lens, ensuring positive impact for those pushed to the furthest margins of society. Ms. Leverette is also a facilitator and trainer focused on grassroots grantmaking, equity and achieving group consensus.
Miss Leverette serves on several local and national boards and development exchanges including co-founder and design team member, Transforming Power Fund (TPF), Detroit Equity Action Lab (DEAL)fellow, Leadership Learning Community, Grassroots Grantmakers and 1Michigan for immigrant rights.
Lisa has a B.S. in Psychology from Michigan State University and M.A. in Applied Social Science from Eastern Michigan University.
Kayla Perrin is the Community Coach at Community Connections. She is a permanent fixture in Detroit community settings, working to demystify the grant making process by providing technical assistance to grant applicants, facilitating grant writing workshops, and encouraging grantees to think about next steps. She is dedicated to supporting grassroots groups and leaders in Detroit to provide improved outcomes for youth, individuals, and communities. Kayla is also a board member of Self Development of People (SDOP) Grant Local Detroit Committee