Inclusion Initiative

The Inclusion Initiative is a grant program of TSNE MissionWorks that encourages cross-sector networks to accelerate their commitments to solving the persistent and systemic problems that perpetuate poverty and inequality in our region through collaboration.

Our vision is to promote the development of “inclusive communities” through support and technical assistance for cross-sector networks in communities of color working to address the root causes of poverty in six main areas—arts & culture, education, healthcare, environmental justice, community and economic development, and youth development. These networks include: 

BLUE HILL CORRIDOR PLANNING NETWORK
(Boston, Mass.)

  • Resident-led and focused on understanding city decisions about development within Roxbury, Dorchester, and Mattapan
  • Implementation project is to incorporate as a planning commission and host a regular Ujama mart to promote home-based businesses

INDIGENOUS EMPOWERMENT NETWORK
(Exeter, R.I.)

  • Implementation project will use the Tomaquag Museum as an incubator for native artists and businesses to network and sell crafts to generate economic opportunities.

POWER NETWORK
(Central Falls, R.I.)

  • Undocumented workers organized to complete a feasibility assessment for a worker-owned cleaning cooperative
  • Will implement a cooperative academy and incorporate in Rhode Island

STEP UP NETWORK
(Providence, R.I.)

  • Youth-led network working to change public policy
  • Working with grassroots organizations to pass a city ordinance against police misconduct and racial profiling
  • Will also implement a rapid response system to engage community members to support youth who are arrested

UJIMA PROJECT NETWORK
(Boston, Mass.)

  • Focuses on community control of social and financial capital
  • Will implement a democratic resident informed mechanism for direct equity investments in local businesses in Roxbury and Dorchester

WAMPANOAG LANGUAGE CHILDREN’S HOUSE NETWORK
(Mashpee, Mass.)

  • Native parents and children in public schools, implementing a language reclamation project heavily tied to culture