Inspiring Leadership in Immigrant Communities
By Lutheran Immigrant & Refugee Services (LIRS) and Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) The leadership development model explored in this initiative has at its core the relationship between community-based organizations that provide services to immigrants and the immigrant communities they serve. We believe this is an effective collaboration because the uniting of established, experienced organizations with the energy, ideas, skills and concerns of immigrants and refugees can strengthen both. It is only one of several immigrant-oriented leadership development models. Other initiatives include those that focus more prominently on the relationship between faith-based institutions and the immigrant community, or on community members building their own organizations to mobilize around supporting particular policies or political movements.