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Transforming lives, schools, and troubled neighborhoods from the inside out by involving those suffering the problem, empowering local leaders to identify capacities of residents and help them to achieve their potential.
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About the Woodson Center

The Woodson Center serves as a hub to its national network of indigenous community leaders and their organizations. The Woodson Center empowers these leaders with value generating principles, access to funding, leadership development training and technical assistance as they effectively work to uplift neighborhoods, alleviate poverty, curb youth violence, reintegrate the formerly incarcerated back into society and provide recovery to those facing addiction.

About Us

The principles of the market economy should be applied to the solution of societal problems.

Our Proven Impact
VFZs improve student behavior and performance at high-risk middle and high schools in Milwaukee, Wisconsin as evidenced by Baylor University's 2015 case study.
Violence-Free Zone Results
A Proven Model for Stopping Violence in the Schools & Creating Peace in the Community
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9.3% Increase
in GPA per VFZ student
8% Higher
rate of graduation from high school than non-VFZ students
23% Reduction
in truancy incidents per VFZ students per month

Those suffering the problem must be involved in the creation and implementation of the solution.

Our Proven Impact

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The Woodson Center operates throughout the nation to help community and faith-based organizations with training, technical assistance, and linkages to sources of support. The Center chronicles and interprets their experiences to make recommendations for public policy and works to remove barriers that hamper their efforts to solve societal problems.

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Blog & News
news October 6, 2016
Case History: House of Help City of Hope
By Woodson Development Team
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blog September 28, 2016
CNN 
Special:
 Debt
 Worse 
Than 
Racism?
By Woodson Development Team
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news September 28, 2016
CNE Uses Social Media to Deliver Financial Literacy Training
By Woodson Development Team
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news October 6, 2016
2009 CNE/HSBC Financial Literacy Partnership – Four-Year Overview
By Woodson Development Team
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