The Eleanor Jean Grier Leadership Project is a reality due to the dedication of many, including Hardy Brown of The Black Voice News, as announced Friday evening May 19, 2006 at a reception at the Marriott Hotel in Riverside.
Brown is considered an outspoken critic of the Irvine Foundation, the organization that has funded the project, and has been known to publicly critique the efforts of the foundation. One major complaint was that Irvine was not funding several key organizations already doing great work in the region because they didn’t fit the status of the traditional grantee.
The Eleanor Jean Grier Leadership Project, finalized this month, is a partnership between The Riverside African American Historical Society and The Group.
The organizations received a $90,000 grant to conduct the 3 year adult leadership academy. The project will train 50 low-income and ethnic minority adults to become leaders in the Riverside area. Ten will be trained the first year and 20 each in the next 2 years.
It is a hope for both sponsor groups that this project will become a model for the rest of the country. The day to day operations of the project will be the responsibility of a Project Coordinator. If you would like more information on the position please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Attending the announcement celebration reception were former Councilman Ameal Moore and current Councilman Andy Melendrez, both from Ward 2, Damon Castillo from the Latino Network, Jose Medina, running for reelection as RCC Trustee, Woodie Rucker-Hughes, NAACP President. Other attendees included Alicia Lee, Project Advisory Committee, Chair; Sue Strickland, Ola Faye Stephens, Katie Greene, Hugh Layton and Rose Mayes.
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