February 21, 2017
Introducing the Woodson Center
Posted By Woodson Center

The Center for Neighborhood Enterprise is pleased and excited to announce its relaunch on February 21 as the Woodson Center.

Since the launch of our organization 35 years ago as the National Center for Neighborhood Enterprise, its founder and continuing inspiration Bob Woodson has preferred to stay in the background, heralding the accomplishments of its network of grassroots community leaders who are transforming lives and neighborhoods. Our new title is a fitting tribute to the innovative, committed leadership he has provided throughout the years.

A Mission Renewed

 The Woodson Center (WC) will continue to maintain and expand our current efforts to provide support for effective grassroots neighborhood leaders, linking them to sources funding and technical assistance and to counterparts throughout the nation in venues where they can share their victories and challenges as well as the practices and principles that guide their work.

Moving Forward

 The Woodson Center will continue its founding mission to support and uplift leaders in low-income communities who are effectively addressing the problems related to even the most entrenched types of poverty ranging from youth violence and addiction to challenges faced by men and women returning to their families and communities after incarceration.

In addition, emerging societal and economic crises that confront the nation’s low-income communities have generated new trail-blazing community initiatives to promote opportunity, safety, and renewal. At the forefront is a Cops, Community, and Country campaign of community and law-enforcement collaboration that was launched at the Las Vegas-based Hope for Prisoners re-entry program, through which police officers have served as personal mentors and guides to ex-offenders striving to fulfill a constructive and positive role in their families and neighborhoods. This campaign will work in tandem with the expansion of the Center’s affiliates in Violence Free Zone initiatives that have successfully reduced crime and violence and improved academic achievement in many of the nation’s most violence-plagued schools.

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