The Village Fund is intended to accomplish three goals: 1) fund community-led programs and services that aid in joyous and healthy births for Black families; 2) build community among the funded partners; and 3) connect those organizations to the broader countywide AAIMM network. Funded partners will be asked to participate in quarterly, facilitated learning sessions and connect with a local AAIMM Community Action Team to further plug into the countywide network.
As part of the community-building process, grantees of The Village Fund will become a cohort. The cohort participates in a series of facilitated learning sessions designed to meet the cohort’s desired learning goals and connect each of the funded participants to the broader AAIMM network. Participants become AAIMM Ambassadors by learning to tell the story of the initiative and share how your work advances its broader goals.
The LA Partnership will convene four (4) learning community meetings per year. Each meeting will be a half-day (10am—2pm PT). Those who should attend the convenings are: 1) the person performing/delivering the service directly and 2) someone who can influence the learning culture of the organization/business/service provider/network/collaborative.
The commitment is for one year. Participation in the learning community is mandatory and each participant is expected to attend all meetings and share their story, experience, challenges, and successes with the evaluator, both orally and in writing, throughout the year.
Each organization/entity in the AAIMM Ambassadors cohort will receive a $500 per meeting stipend ($2,000 total). This is in addition to your grant award.