Learn more about how we support the building of Amani's Capacity: Amani Neighborhood Revitalization Plan, Amani Initiative PCLC Case Study, Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Grant, Build Neighborhood Capacity Program (BNCP), and Amani United.
Amani Neighborhood revitalization plan
In 2012, the Dominican Center was designated the lead community anchor for the Building Neighborhood Capacity Program (BNCP). BNCP was part of the White House Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative to 1) address poverty and underlying critical and interlocking issues of education, employment, housing, health and safety in distressed neighborhoods; and 2) design and implement a resident-led revitalization plan. The revitalization plan was finalized in February of 2017.
The purpose of the Amani Neighborhood Revitalization Plan is to provide a resident-informed path to an improved quality of life. Amani resident input was gathered through community input sessions, monthly neighborhood meetings, door-to-door canvassing, and an array of neighborhood activities. The Revitalization Plan identifies a range of actions that can help realize a vision for future investment and development in Amani. The goals of the Revitalization Plan include increasing collective efficacy and community peace, improving Amani housing conditions and stimulating Amani economic development, and nurturing and supporting family well-being and lifelong learning. [Amani Neighborhood Revitalization Plan]
Amani INITIATIVE PCLC case study
In Spring 2016, the Dominican Center began a case study of the Amani BNCP community efforts. Working with the Population Change Learning Community (PCLC), and consistent with PCLC’s overall design, format, and approach, the Dominican Center interviewed a cross-section of network partners, out-of-network partners, supporting organizations, and Amani residents. The overarching purpose of these interviews and the subsequent case study was to better understand the full range of functions, capacities, and shared understandings achieved by the BNCP between residents, funders, and the anchor organization in a multi-sector, placed-based effort to develop a resident-led revitalization plan. We are grateful to the 19 individuals who agreed to be interviewed for the Amani Initiative Case Study. [Amani Initiative PCLC Case Study]
Innovations in Community Based Crime Reduction (CBCR)
The success of BNCP led to the U.S. Department of Justice 2016 announcement of the Dominican Center as the lead neighborhood organization for the Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Grant (BCJI) for Amani. In October of 2017, BCJI was rebranded and became known as Innovations in Community Based Crime Reduction (CBCR). CBCR supports data-driven, comprehensive and community-oriented strategies to reduce crime and spur revitalization. Partners in this grant include the Milwaukee Police Department, Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office, Amani United, LISC Milwaukee, and Safe & Sound.
Build Neighborhood Capacity
Established in 2011 as part of the federal Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative (NRI); Building Neighborhood Capacity (BNCP) is designed to help low-income neighborhoods build the infrastructure and resources needed to ensure families experience better results around education, employment, safety, housing and other key areas.
The goal of BNCP is to help neighborhoods develop the knowledge, skills, relationships, interactions and organizational resources that enable residents, civic leaders, the public and private sectors and local organizations to create comprehensive neighborhood revitalization plans. [ more ]
Read more about BNCP at the Center for the Study of Social Policy [ link ]
Amani United is a resident led group that formed as a result of the BNCP program. Since DCW began there has been a monthly gathering of residents to discuss happenings in the neighborhood. As part of recent efforts to unify residents and present a single front, the Amani United group formed and took on the task of promoting the "I AM AMANI" movement. This group of residents and community workers want to make the community stronger. The first step is to bring people together. Amani United meets at 4:30 on the fourth Tuesday of the month at COA. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 414-444-9930.
Amani United / BNCP supported activities
The BNCP works with community partners to support the Amani Neighborhood in strengthening relationships and increasing participation in local activities.
Amani United committees
Amani united newsletters
Friends of Moody
Housing and Vacant Lots
Arts and Culture
Grand Opening of moody Park
Smiles and late afternoon sunshine fill Moody Park on the grand opening day. Children giggle as they dance across the splash pad. Young men grin in victory as basketballs swoosh through the hoops. Mothers and fathers, grandmothers and great grandmothers, and many, many neighbors happily share this new community space.
Thank you to EVERYONE who dreamed and advocated and worked and made sure this day was a success. Special thanks to our many partners Amani United, COA Youth and Family Center, Molina Healthcare, Building Neighborhood Capacity Program, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Northwestern Mutual, Milwaukee County Parks, Milwaukee Police Department, PeppNation, Schlitz Audubon, Hunger Task Force, the Milwaukee Bucks, and Artists Working in Education.
Click here to see photos from the day.
painting with purpose
Painting with Purpose is a youth volunteer program that creates decorative panels to be used on foreclosed homes. These decorative panels help to maintain the beauty and integrity of the community. Check out Painting with Purpose in the news.