Community in the Capital
Each year, National CAPACD sponsors Community in the Capital (CITC) to provide 20-35 participants, both seasoned and new AAPI community leaders of network groups that serve and represent lower income AAPIs, with opportunities to travel to Washington, DC; deepen their knowledge; educate the national community development movement; identify a common policy agenda; and present a united voice on critical issues and concerns. CITC provides opportunities for CBOs to learn about federal policies and resources, specifically those targeted for their organizations and communities, and engage federal agencies, elected officials and national community development organizations. CITC can be tailored for individuals, small groups, or teams of staff from member organizations.
The core educational component of CITC, “Government 101,” is a briefing that prepares participants to communicate with policy makers. The curriculum introduces participants to:
- Federal government and administrative advocacy
- Federal legislative process and conducting a visit with a member of Congress
- Resources on lobbying for nonprofits
- National housing, immigrant advocacy, community development and organizing groups
- National AAPI organizations
In addition to educational workshops and forums, National CAPACD sets up meetings with appropriate federal agencies, elected officials, and national community development organizations. CITC serves not only to strengthen advocacy skills and increase participation in the national policy making process, but also to continually strengthen National CAPACD’s connection to local issues impacting our members. The program also increases the presence and visibility of AAPI CBOs, National CAPACD, and AAPI issues within mainstream community development advocacy, training and technical assistance organizations at both the local and national levels.
Community in the Capital, 2011