Community offers love, hope, healing, inspiration, and purpose.

Transformational Community Initiatives
Below is a list of transformational community initiatives led by people of color, all of which I am or have been engaged with at some level. There are many other incredible local efforts worth supporting which are not listed here – this list is a starting place for discovering the power and potential that exists in WNC. ~ Ami Worthen

Sheneika Smith of Date My City, Ami Worthen, Julio Tordoya of JMPRO TV, community action, cultural diversity, media, events
Sheneika Smith (Date My City), Ami Worthen, Julio Tordoya (JMRPO TV)

Artists Designing Evolution – The adé PROJECT
An initiative to actualize equity, spark creative inquiry + reclaim the narrative.

Center for Participatory Change (CPC)
Igniting Collective Power. Transforming Systems of Oppression. Healing in Community.

Compañeros Inmigrantes de las Montañas en Acción (CIMA)
CIMA connects, strengthens and organizes communities to take action for immigrants’ rights in Western North Carolina.

CoThinkk is a giving circle that invests its time, talent and treasure to accelerate positive changes in communities of color in Asheville and Western North Carolina.

Date My City
Cultural and civic engagement in vogue. Transformative events and consulting. Founded by Asheville City Council member Sheneika Smith.

DeWayne Barton and Ami Worthen. Community action.
With DeWayne Barton of Hood Huggers International. (Photo: GO DIVA)

Hood Huggers International
The Art of Resilience: Rebuilding Affrilachia. Tours of historically African American neighborhoods (Hood Tours), community accountability consulting, and other services.

JMPRO TV produces live programs, reports, cultural notes, and interviews about issues affecting our community (such as racial equity, immigration, education, health, etc.). Topics are reported from the perspective of the people impacted. The cover photo of this page – of one of CPC’s annual celebrations – is by JMPRO.

Nuestro Centro
Nuestro Centro’s goal is “to transform our reality empowering those directly affected by injustice, developing their leadership, auto advocacy, and action towards liberation.” They coordinate the RAICES dance troop and much more.

Youth programs: Youth Transformed for Life (YTL), Delta House, My Sistah Taught Me That, My Daddy Taught Me That, Christine Avery Learning Center, and Word on the Street (see below).

With Ms. Sophie Dixon of WRES 100.7 FM

Community Media

Word on the Street/La Voz de Los Jovenes
An online magazine run by youth of color.

WRES 100.7 FM
Black-run low-powered radio station.

The Urban News
Black-owned monthly newspaper.

See above.

The Asheville Blade
Essential investigative reporting.

Tepeyac Consulting


Marisol Jiménez, Tepeyac Consulting
Tamiko Amborse-Murray, Ambrose Consulting
Desiree Adaway, Adaway Group
Marsha Davis, Davis Squared Consulting