COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVES
As Arkansas immigrants and partners move to seek positive change in their communities, AUCC utilizes guided practice, an approach that emphasizes learning-by-doing, enabling immigrants to develop and put newly acquired ideas, tools and techniques into practice on specific initiatives of their choosing. As a result, the experiences and learning stay within the immigrant communities. AUCC also offers organizing training and technical assistance to project-related service providers so that they too can incorporate empowerment strategies into their own work, creating an important multiplier effect.
VISION, COMMITMENT AND ACTION WORKSHOPS
AUCC convenes and facilitates “Vision, Commitment and Action” workshops at the local level through which key stakeholders in immigrant integration develop a community vision through prioritization, garner participant commitment to working towards that vision, and delineate action items.
ISSUE BASED NETWORKS & COALITIONS
The intersection between community building and public policy provides AUCC an opportunity to aggregate immigrant and multicultural interests through broad-based coalition-building, especially on immigrant reform, rights and integration issues.
AUCC currently supports state coordination around 287(g) and Secure Communities, the DREAM Act and immigrant rights.
CHANGE AGENTS PROGRAM
AUCC’s work is grounded in its “Change Agents” training program, which aims to activate Arkansas immigrants to lead community-building efforts in their respective communities. Recruitment for this program emphasizes individuals from low-income communities who have previously not served in leadership positions, but have been deemed by their neighbors and colleagues as having strong leadership propensity. Program participants are tasked with the development of local grassroots cadres and the implementation of immigrant-driven community projects.
IMMIGRANT VOTER ENGAGEMENT STATE TABLE
AUCC is supporting immigrant service providers in Arkansas to step out of their issue silos to come together, share ideas and resources, and cooperate to win civic engagement victories for immigrants. The partners of the Arkansas State Table collaborate on immigrant naturalization, civic education and nonpartisan voter registration and mobilization.
AUCC actively supports immigrant youth and young adults in Arkansas as they seek to identify their own priorities and exert leadership both in their families and communities. As AUCC works to develop immigrant youth resources, AUCC encourages interested individuals and organizations to: