About Us

“…a group of people who share a concern, a set of problems, or passion about a topic, who deepen their knowledge and expertise in this area by interacting on an ongoing basis.”

-Wenger, McDermont, & Snyder, 2002

- Pat Bowie, Magnolia Community Initiative, PopChange Learning Community



  • Silo-busting

  • Help with overcoming challenges

  • Access to expertise and resources for problem-solving

  • Increased productivity

  • Cultivate relationships and partnerships

  • Reduces barriers to collaboration and builds trust


  • Increased likelihood of sustainable solutions

  • Access to existing networks (asset-based development)

  • Development of new allies

  • Synergy across levels on implementation

  • Ongoing feedback mechanisms for stakeholders input

  • Enhanced collaborative funding opportunities

  • Promotes sustainable community development

UCITY Family Zone Core Values

  • We are PLACE-BASED – We work in a defined geographic area of specific neighborhoods with shared physical, social and economic assets

  • We are PARTNERSHIP DRIVEN – We build relationships and share information to create partnerships

  • We are DATA-DRIVEN – We base our decisions on available evidence

  • We promote DIVERSITY – We intentionally create opportunities for building equity and inclusiveness in our decision-making programming processes

  • We focus on SOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH – We empower stakeholders to improve community conditions for optimal quality of life

Focus Areas

Food Insecurity

GOAL: Providing sustainable access to healthy, affordable food and resources for all

Early Years

GOAL: Early Years


GOAL: Promoting a variety of housing options for all income levels


GOAL: HealthCare

Social Capital

GOAL: Connecting and cultivating sustainable, positive relationships to reduce isolation and promote community resilience


GOAL: Promoting equitable and relevant school and community-based learning opportunities

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