Institutions and their programs often exclude and fail to meet the needs of communities that have been historically disenfranchised by mainstream culture. Such continued marginalization deprives communities of the means and avenues to create change.
Innovative practitioners are challenging this status quo by building power within historically underserved communities so that members can define and drive solutions themselves.
Community-led solutions for children’s wellbeing often work to cultivate pride and confidence within children and adults and to create new channels for local leadership. This strengthens a narrative of community power, and a more sustainable social safety net. In the long term, this approach builds a community culture of support so that every child can dream, believe in their potential, and develop the skills to be a changemaker.