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For over two decades Hope in the Cities has helped transform Richmond, VA, from a symbol of racial division to a model for reconciliation. Through acknowledgement of history, honest conversation and skills building workshops, the experiential learning offered by Hope in the Cities builds capacity for community leaders.
A sustained citizen-led effort has resulted in a network of leaders in non-profit and business sectors, local government, media and education. It engages people across the political spectrum and of all cultural and religious backgrounds.
Hope in the Cities has developed a proven process for change that incorporates three vital steps:
Hope in the Cities offers Richmond as a center for community trustbuilding where processes for trustbuilding, reconciliation, and community change are regularly learned and effectively practiced.
Hope in the Cities builds trust through honest conversation on race, reconciliation, and responsibility.
The vision is the creation of just and inclusive communities.
Community Awareness - A focus on economic inclusion and the new realities of race, economics, and jurisdiction. A public process to educate citizens and to mobilize community support for action.
Communty Capacity - An experiential training curriculum that increases the capacity of community leaders to overcome legacies of racial history and to sustain initiatives for reconciliation and equity.
Community Vision - An anual Metropolitan Richmond Day forum convening leaders from the puublic and private sectors of the Richmond region to discuss key issues, engage in dialogue and build partnership.