Allies in Community®
Allies in Community® is a program that builds relationships through common ground, fosters a deep sense of belonging, and enhances residents’ active engagement in the City of Coppell.
A Message About Allies in Community®
Inclusion is one of the key elements of the City of Coppell’s Vision 2040 plan as illustrated in Pillar Two: Foster an Inclusive Community Fabric. The community wants to celebrate Coppell’s cultural growth and diversity and create a place where everybody can contribute, belong and live cohesively.
Allies in Community® is an educational program that continues to support this overall goal. Three classes, known as cohorts, comprised of community members and City employees have completed this unique initiative thus far. We are proud of the success of the program and the impact it has had on the community. We are also impressed by the graduates, Allies Ambassadors, who continue to share their experience and spread the message of belonging, inclusion, and allyship with their community groups, families, and circles.
We are looking forward to another season of Allies, however, the timing will be a little different than in years past. Recognizing the need for a focused champion, the City has created a specialist role internally and incorporated it into the newly reimagined Employee Experience (EX) Team. While we focus on this new role, we have paused recruitment for the next Allies in Community® cohort. Please know that this pause is temporary, and we look forward to re-engaging in the future.
If you are an Allies Ambassador and would like to continue your good work in this area, please feel free to reach out to Yvonne Silva for information.
Building Relationships Through Common Ground
As part of its larger community engagement initiative beginning in 2014, the City of Coppell has built a strong foundation of knowledge and awareness to best serve residents of all cultural backgrounds. Informed by conversations with community stakeholders and the findings from the Fall 2017 Community Survey, Allies in Community® will extend this foundation into the community by bringing together cohorts of 30-40 residents and city employees to attend fun, hands-on workshops.
Allies® cohorts will learn to celebrate their differences, building strong, enduring partnerships with one another as they work together to discover ways to meaningfully contribute to the community.
Fostering a Deep Sense of Belonging
Allies in Community® encourages Coppell residents of all generations, cultures, and tenures of residence in the City to contribute to the community organizations, events, programs, and initiatives that have made Coppell a great place to live. Designed to cultivate a sense of ownership in the success of the Coppell community, Allies® workshop content and collaborative, cohort-driven service projects will inspire citizens to invest in a shared vision of sustaining Coppell's continuing legacy as a Family Community for a Lifetime.
Enhancing Residents' Active Engagement
With a renewed sense of responsibility for securing a bright and thriving future for the City of Coppell, Allies in Community® cohorts will graduate with a commitment to welcome and empower other citizens in meaningful civic engagement.
Those interested in participating in Allies in Community® must submit an application during the annual application period each summer. Applications are not currently available for the next Allies in Community® cohort. Please check back or join our mailing list to be the first to know when applications are open.
Have questions? Email Coppell Allies in Community. You can also join our mailing list!
Allies in CommunityTM is a program created by Tasnim McCormick Benhalim at DiversityWealth LLC. and delivered in partnership with the City of Coppell.