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Beaverton's BOLD program wins best practices award

The award comes from the International Association for Public Participation Cascade Chapter


SUBMITTED PHOTO - Members of Beavertons BOLD program work together in 2015. The program was recently honored by the International Association for Public Participation Cascade Chapter.The City of Beaverton's BOLD program — it stands for “Beaverton Organizing and Leadership Development” — won a 2016 Public Involvement Best Practices Award from the International Association for Public Participation Cascade Chapter.

The 2016 Best Planning/Policy Making Project award was given to the City of Beaverton for BOLD's innovative approach to engaging historically underrepresented populations in city government.

"We're honored to receive this recognition from a highly respected organization like" International Association for Public Participation, said Mayor Denny Doyle. "We're very proud of the BOLD program and how it has helped us build bridges to our increasingly diverse population. I want to say thanks to our partners at Unite Oregon and all of the graduates who have stepped up to participate and make this a shining success."

BOLD is a leadership and civic engagement program offered by the city in partnership with Unite Oregon (formerly the Center for Intercultural Organizing). The program is held each spring and is specifically designed for immigrants, refugees and people of color. The program exposes participants to the fundamentals of community leadership, cross-cultural organizing, structure of local government and ways to get involved. Including members of the 2016 cohort, more than 80 people have participated in the four years the program has been offered.

The awards were presented at the chapter's biennial PI Works! conference held last week in Bend.