Who We Help

The Woodson Center has designed their outreach to meet the specific needs of each neighborhood they serve.

Who

Who We Help

A guiding principle of the Woodson Center is that solutions to the most pressing societal problems exist within the affected communities. When asked who they would turn to in times of crisis, residents invariably point to one person or group within the community whose outreach is a vital resource. The Woodson Center has identified and helped to strengthen the efforts of more than 2,881 neighborhood leaders in 40 states who are tackling issues ranging from homelessness, addiction, to joblessness, youth violence and the need for education and training. These indigenous agents of health and healing have a long-term commitment to their work and are available on a 24/7 basis. They have firsthand experience of the problems they address, have earned the trust and response of those they serve, and have designed their outreach to meet the specific, unique needs of their neighborhoods. In many cases, a revitalization of vision and values is prerequisite before opportunities such as job training and employment can be of benefit, and these community leaders, through personal consistent outreach have been able to elicit that transformation.

Impact

How We’ve Helped Others

By strengthening and supporting the work of such neighborhood leaders throughout the nation through training, technical assistance, and funding, the Woodson Center has promoted substantial and sustainable community and individual revitalization.

Impact

Success

Success Stories

Flight Plan: Kamia Bradley is a Modern-Day Bessie Coleman

While Bessie Coleman blazed a trail for Black female pilots all the way back in the 1920's as the first African American woman aviator, over one hundred years later there aren't enough practicing Black woman pilots to fill a Boeing 737! Kamia Bradley wasn't deterred...

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The Cohill Foundation

Lakisha Cohill, a 2021 CAN mini-grant recipient, is the founder of the Cohill Foundation. For the past 10 years, she has used her experience and creativity to connect and mentor at-Risk and disadvantaged youth. While mentoring, Lakisha learned that many youth struggle...

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