Resident Leaders Take Charge

At YES, we believe that all people are capable, powerful leaders. We know that leadership operates and is cultivated at multiple levels - self, others, family, teams, in communities and in movements - and thus is a lifelong process. Leadership is not a solitary journey; an understanding of self deepens as one learns about their context, their community and with others. 

YES launched a newly envisioned Adult Leadership Pathway program in 2018, which is grounded in grassroots peer leadership and advocacy practices, and supports the leadership of African American and Latinx caregivers.

Health disparities, socio-economic and cultural inequities, and an absence of residents in leadership spaces are challenges faced by the Richmond community. Addressing these challenges with strong community leaders doesn’t happen overnight. YES meets these structural challenges by creating safe spaces in the outdoors and community where relationship-building and character-building are nurtured over time. 

The overall goal of the YES Adult Leadership Pathway is to increase the leadership capacity of the Richmond community to contribute toward improved community conditions. Click here to see a video and read about one project YES's Adult Leaders planned and implemented in the very first year of this program. The Adult Leadership Pathway is a leadership development program focused on nurturing the power of family and community leaders to embrace their unique gifts and strengths to better lead themselves, their families, and their community. Through workshops, community building, training of trainers, and support systems, adult leaders develop their knowledge, skills, and experience in effecting positive change. 

To learn more about our Adult Leadership Pathway, please email Angelica Delgado, Adult Leaders