The Center for Neighborhood Leadership is working hard to train the Hispanic youth of of Phoenix so that these young people can become future leaders who will make the city better place to live for all.
That includes efforts to create safe schools and neighborhood environments. It’s also about planting new orchards and vegetable gardens.
It means engaging students in colleges and universities where the future leaders will emerge to shape the next generation of Latino peoples in Arizona and America.
One excellent example of a CNL project is the One PHX ID effort. The goal is to create a multifunctional ID card which will prove the holder is a valid resident of Phoenix.
With it, card holders can streamline access to bus and light rail systems, use library and other community center resources and even gain discounts on purchases in participating shops and businesses. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/potmsearch/detail/submission/6427818/Michael_Lacey
Many additional advantages to society at large can be gained by issuing the PHX ID. For example, it fosters safer neighborhoods by making it easier to report crimes because it provides identification to law enforcement officials.
It also can be a boon for the local economy by encouraging residents to shop at home. Finally, it engenders a sense of civic pride and community belonging because it makes card holders feel welcome and more likely to participate in positive civic affairs.
The success of CNL so far has attracted the attention of the Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund which has made financial contributions to support the organization. The Fund was established by Phoenix journalist Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin in 2007.
It was in 2007 that Larkin and Lacey were arrested under illegal and false circumstances by then Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. The two media owners were thrown in jail for doing nothing more than writing stories which exposed the corrupt and unconstitutional tactics of Arpaio and his office.
A U.S. Appeals Court ordered Maricopa County to pay Larkin and lacey $3.7 million in damages. With that money, they created the Frontera Fund.
Donating to organizations such as CNL, and others which serve Hispanic, Latino and immigrant groups in Arizona, has become a primary focus of the Larkin and Lacey Frontera Fund. The CNL is classic example of a success story – a grassroots organization that is making a significant, positive difference in the lives of thousands of people.