The Community Accountability Plan (CAP) Framework implements and celebrates a grassroots, regenerative revitalization and accountability system designed to build, maintain, and protect pillars of resilience in historically African American neighborhoods. The CAP Framework cultivates a culture of sustainability that is inclusive and economically just.
The disparities that exist for African American communities – across all sectors – are well-documented and persistent. Propelled by the exhaustive work of Dr. Dwight Mullen’s The State of Black Asheville and confounded by the lack of sustained community-driven solutions, we developed the CAP Framework as a holistic & regenerative approach that puts previously under-resourced and under-estimated neighborhoods in the driver’s seat.
Neighborhoods are the headwaters – the source – lending the creativity, energy, ideas, and collective power that ultimately feed the rivers that are our communities and cities. With CAP, businesses, nonprofits, community volunteers and government agencies operate in collaborative response to the plans of neighborhood leaders, working to help manifest their vision and build momentum, rather than prescribing solutions or programs.
Community Capacity Building
The CAP Framework utilizes the following Community Engagement Tools:
Inclusive Community Events
Neighborhood Beautification Projects
Resources and Education
Youth Training & Engagement
- identification, creation, maintenance, and monetization of community spaces (either historic, green, and other)
- celebratory and educational opportunities (for individuals & groups, youth & adults)
- alignment with existing policies (local, state, national, & international)