The Woodson Center's Mission is to transform lives, schools and troubled neighborhoods from the inside out.
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Violence Free Zone

Our Violence Free Zone initiative, partnering with community-based organizations, is an innovative and effective strategy that enlists young people as peer mentors and ambassadors for peace. This successful initiative could serve as a national model for addressing youth violence and stimulating community peace.

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NLDI Online

Neighborhood Leadership Development Institute (NLDI) Online is a virtual training program that helps grassroots leaders enhance their personal, organizational and community development skills as they work to improve outcomes within their local communities.

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Training & Technical Assistance

Our Community Leadership Enterprise is an on-site leadership-strengthening program that provides training, facilitates targeted initiatives and introduces prospects for collaboration of indigenous organizations and individuals addressing poverty-related issues in their underserved communities.

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Community Affiliates Network

In 2016, the Woodson Center formalized its relationship with community-based organizations, faith-based organizations and indigenous leaders through the formation of its Community Affiliates Network (CAN), a nationwide network aimed at providing training, technical assistance and operational support to its membership. Browse our Interactive Map of Affiliates.

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Woodson Center Fellows Program

A Fellow is an indigenous leader, organizational leader or faith-based leader who has attained a distinction as a grassroots leader working to transform lives, schools and communities from the inside out.

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VFZ Staying True Scholarship Awards Program

The Woodson Center, a nationwide network supporting effective community-based initiatives to address youth crime, joins with the Milwaukee Christian Center and the Running Rebels to present the “Staying True Scholarship Awards” which awards thousands of dollars to underserved youth participating in VFZ programming.

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