Welcome to Strategic Community Alliance, Inc.
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SCA's primary reasons for supporting such alliances are:
- We learn more, achieve more, and uplift more people when we create partnerships.
- Partnerships demonstrate to others within the community how to leverage assets to accomplish community objectives.
- Partnerships promote an interdependence that incentivizes everyone to support the success of others.
- Partnerships institutionalize successful systems for everyone in the community.
- Partnerships within the community often serve as the positive model that encourages adolescents and young adults to make good decisions.
Making good decisions is contagious and inherently guards against unhealthy and counterproductive decisions. The following provides an overview of SCA's primary programs:
Crisis management is crucial to the success of any constituency. Minorities of color must seize and mitigate the damages of a crisis promptly. Whether it is a natural disaster, social issue, governmental planned activity, etc., minorities of color are often disproportionately affected by these conditions and rarely experience substantial equitable relief. Events such as the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the social justice movement following the death of George Floyd are examples where minorities of color did not position themselves to manage these crises positively. Both of these incidents resulted in advocates for minorities of color claiming that people of color were disproportionately and adversely affected by these crises. However, minority leaders and their advocates failed to seize the financial and other opportunities that came about as a direct result of these incidents. To engage positively during a crisis, minority leaders have to shift their view of minorities being victims to victors. Minority leaders and their advocates must engage, strategize, collaborate, take personal responsibility, and act during these periods of crisis. Minorities of color may not cause these crises; however, we must begin the process of positively affecting our outcomes and irradicate some of the problems that have historically plagued our communities.
The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic highlighted disadvantages faced by minorities of color, particularly Blacks. This claim gave rise to much discussion but resulted in no systemic solutions for minorities to combat their health concerns proactively. Compared to Whites, minorities of color generally face a higher risk of stroke, some cancers, HIV/AIDS, diabetes, heart disease, asthma, etc. Healthcare professionals routinely convey that there are actions such as making healthy lifestyle choices, eating right, exercising, seeking healthcare regularly, avoiding smoking, etc., that we can take as individuals to lower our risks of several diseases. SCA partners with healthcare providers who have demonstrated specific interests and knowledge of these health risks for minorities of color and are committed to providing culturally sensitive healthcare. These relationships focus on educating and mobilizing the minority community to engage, take personal responsibility, and hold each other accountable for making healthy lifestyle choices.
A quality education is essential for minorities of color to obtain equality and success in America. Numerous studies and surveys succinctly demonstrate the positive outcomes for those who receive a quality education. It is in the best interest of minorities of color to actively engage their local educational systems to advocate for their children to receive a high-quality education because the educational experience will significantly determine their children’s future options, choices, and opportunities. Parental involvement and support of their children receiving a quality education are critical determinants of their children’s future. The participation of parents in their child’s education has proven to positively affect the child’s outcomes, regardless of the child’s color or ethnicity. SCA partners with parents, organizations, various minority communities, educators, and other stakeholders to support quality education through our support of parental involvement, tutoring, scholarships, and other such activities based on clear objectives and measurable goals.
Arts and Culture
SCA promotes cultural diversity through exhibits, presentations, cultural performances, workshops, lecture demonstrations, and educational sessions of various art forms, such as performing and visual arts, theater, literature, etc., within local communities. Minority artists, culture, and art are often not integral to the local community art scene for various reasons. SCA works to identify and facilitate opportunities for artists and organizations from minority ethnic backgrounds who are seeking to learn, educate, engage, and collaborate with other artists and cultural organizations. SCA aims to reinforce and enhance mutually beneficial cultural exchange between and amongst minorities of color and the larger community. SCA will host artists from diverse ethnic backgrounds and races from our local communities and other countries to educate and engage local communities in cross-cultural experiences through their art forms. The primary goal of such efforts is to appreciate and celebrate unique art forms from diverse cultures, promoting understanding and respect for various cultures.
Additionally, a high percentage of minorities and Americans, in general, have never been to culturally diverse places such as India, Africa, Spanish-speaking countries, or places within the United States with a strong and significant cultural connection to one of the communities of color. SCA routinely develops cross-cultural activities and programs, such as conducting tours to different countries specifically designed to educate Americans about the history, art, cultures, and lifestyles of various parts of the world. These planned and curated cross-cultural experiences are organized and coordinated with American citizens with a history or experience with the countries to be visited. Tours conducted and facilitated by SCA are unique because they explore locations and offer experiences involving local arts and artisans, festivals, cultural performances, history, food, languages, traditions, and local life, beyond those found in typically conducted tours. These enriching experiences are made possible by SCA’s cross-cultural empowerment program and relationships with individuals, groups, and organizations of diverse cultures, races, and ethnicities in and outside of the United States.
The lack of professional development and leadership training coupled with sparse opportunities for hands-on experiences are vital contributors to the disparities in pay, promotions, and other compensation between minorities of color and others. Possessing a clear and working understanding of the processes and cultural norms of the American corporate structure is vital to achieving the highest levels of employment success. Many minorities, despite their exceptional academic and professional achievements, find the most prestigious positions in their chosen career path unattainable. These positions are inaccessible to minorities of color, in part, due to the lack of appropriate professional development for the next level. SCA facilitates opportunities and assists minorities with achieving and realizing their professional goals by providing professional development, leadership training, and mentorship opportunities. SCA, through a robust and viable coaching and mentoring program, works to prepare individuals from minority communities of color for positions of leadership and greater responsibility in workplaces and in the community. Each participant goes through several stages of training throughout the program and is eventually assigned a mentor. The mentorship program follows a structured format to ensure that the mentor and mentee are both mutually and individually responsible for successful outcomes.