All Together Now

This is the Coalition’s core program and is funded by Family and Community Support Services (FCSS). It is an intercultural and intersectoral initiative bringing together members and leaders from ethno-cultural communities to participate meaningfully in the economic and civic life of their neighborhoods and communities.

 Program Goal

Strengthen the capacities of immigrant and refugee groups and organizations to participate actively and meaningfully in the civic life in their neighborhoods and communities.

Program Objectives:

  • Build and sustain a pool of skilled community animators who can engage from immigrant and refugee communities to articulate their needs and aspirations and find ways to meet these needs and fulfill their aspirations.
  • Strengthen the leadership and governance capacity of ethnocultural organizations to bid for participation in the civic and voluntary sector in a formal way.
  • Build incrementally a body of knowledge based on experiences of program participants that would inform the design of culturally responsive community engagement processes.
  • Enhance the cultural competence and participatory capacity of mainstream organizations to initiate and support intercultural collaborations with immigrant and refugee communities.

Program activities

Community Animators Training and Development

Objective: Build and sustain a pool of skilled community animators who can engage from immigrant and refugee communities to articulate their needs and aspirations and find ways to meet these needs and fulfill their aspirations

Who are Community Animators: Community animators work with people and groups so that they participate in and manage the communities in which they live. Animators come from the Latin word “animere” which means to breathe life into something. A community uses his/her skills and talent to enable people and groups to learn from each other and take action on their needs and aspirations

Community Leadership and Capacity Building

Objective: Strengthen the leadership and governance capacity of ethnocultural organizations to bid for participation in the civic and voluntary sector in a formal way.

Community Research and Education

Objectives: Build incrementally a body of knowledge based on experiences of program participants that would inform the design of culturally responsive community engagement processes and enhance the cultural competence and participatory capacity of mainstream organizations to initiate and support intercultural collaborations with immigrant and refugee communities.