Leadership Development Program Seeking Participants
Ambassadors will create community-driven campaigns to improve transportation options
The Claiborne Corridor Ambassadors Program, a project of the Foundation for Louisiana’s TOGETHER Initiative, recruits, trains, and supports New Orleans citizens to identify active transportation problems and develop community-driven solutions to promote walking, biking, transit, and livable streets in their neighborhoods.
“The program aims to create a more inclusive process for public engagement, particularly with regards to decision-making processes concerning New Orleans’ public spaces, street design, and transportation options,” explained Keith Holt, Community Education Manager at Bike Easy, who is facilitating the program.
Community members who become Ambassadors will participate in a campaign training and develop their own project to engage other residents around improving transportation safety on the streets through a community-based advocacy campaign.
“We are especially excited about and focused on enabling those who have traditionally been left out of the transportation planning process – like low-income communities and communities of color – to have a strong voice in these important decisions that deeply affect our city’s most vulnerable neighborhoods,” said Ethan Ellestad, Executive Director at Music and Culture Coalition of New Orleans
The Active Transportation Leadership training will last for 10 weeks, approximately 2 hours per week, and Ambassadors will receive a $200 stipend. Topics include bicycle and pedestrian street design basics, conducting outreach and developing community solutions, how to construct a winning advocacy campaign, and more.
Following the training, Ambassadors will spend the next 6 weeks engaged in developing and implementing a community campaign and/or demonstration project. This could include an engagement event (i.e. community workshop); physical demonstration project (i.e. Pop up neighborhood park); media project (i.e. PSA video); or dedicated campaign (i.e. letter writing, rally, etc). Ambassadors will receive a stipend of $240 for their work to develop and implement the demonstration project(s) chosen by the group.
Applications are due by May 13, and will be accepted on a rolling basis. After applying there will be a short, introductory interview. Applicants do not need prior experience in active transportation. We are looking for people who are community-minded and excited to improve their neighborhoods through better transportation options.
Download the Ambassador Job Description
Download the Ambassador Application
Partner organizations coordinating this program are Bike Easy, Broadmoor Improvement Association, Friends of Lafitte Greenway, Historic Faubourg Treme Association, Jericho Road, Music and Culture Coalition of New Orleans, Neighborhoods Partnership Network, NEWCITY Neighborhood Partnership, and RIDE New Orleans.