Request for Qualifications
Seeking Partner Organizations for Claiborne Corridor Ambassadors Program
Bike Easy is seeking partner organizations to participate in our Claiborne Corridor Ambassador Program, a paid training program for community members to help improve transportation options and streets in their neighborhoods. Developed out of the Foundation for Louisiana’s Equity Caucus Transportation Working Group, the program will recruit and train Ambassadors to identify transportation challenges and develop community solutions to promote walking, biking, transit, and livable streets in their neighborhoods. Partner organizations would participate in the Program Steering Group, assist in holding a community forum to discuss the program with community members, and would help to identify, nominate, and support ambassadors from their community networks. Small grants are available for participating organizations. Apply here today!
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the extended July 22, 2015 deadline.
Nearly half the people living, working, and going to school in the Claiborne Corridor do not own a car and rely on walking, biking, and taking public transit. Unfortunately, areas with high concentrations of poverty, like the Claiborne Corridor, also have disproportionate numbers of pedestrian and bike crashes.
The Claiborne Corridor Ambassador Program will work to understand community residents’ needs and desires for changes and improvements to their local streets and then amplify their voices through community-driven campaigns that advocate for safe, equitable, and affordable transportation options.
Partner Organization Role
We are seeking partner organizations to serve on Claiborne Corridor Ambassador Program Steering Group (a part of the Equity Caucus Transportation Working Group), assist with ambassador nomination, and facilitate community engagement in the project. As a partner organization, you would participate in the following ways:
- Participating in the quarterly Steering Group meetings
- Assistance with setting up and providing outreach for Community Listening Sessions – community forums focusing on the project scope
- Nominating potential ambassadors from within your community network
- Supporting Claiborne Corridor Ambassadors and connecting Ambassadors to your organization’s community networks when/if necessary
- Providing project feedback for to include in a final “toolkit” about the project
We are seeking organizations located along the Claiborne Corridor and/or serving a constituency in the neighborhood, since the focus on partnership will be community engagement, recruitment, and development. Ambassadors will be selected based on nominations from community partner organizations.
Timeline and Compensation
Beginning in July 2015 and lasting through summer of 2016, the program will take place in two phases, first developing a cohort of Ambassadors in N. Claiborne and then moving to S. Claiborne (see the Program Overview for more detail). Partner organizations will participate during the entire program with the timing for heavier workload periods dependent on which cohort the organization focuses on.
We expect the time commitment from organizations to be approximately 30 hours over the course of the program with short periods of high activity. Organizations are eligible to receive a sub-grant of $775 for coordination and outreach over the course of the project.
To express interest, please fill out our online application form by Wednesday, July 8. You can also download the application and send it by mail to Bike Easy, P.O. Box 19371, New Orleans, LA 70179.
We’ll contact you by mid-July to further discuss the partnership.