The City of Sacramento is recruiting “community ambassadors” to build and maintain relationships with community partners and residents who represent culturally and linguistically diverse populations and historically underrepresented communities.
Led by City’s Neighborhood Action Development Team (NDAT), the program provides a stipend to active community members to assist in promoting City services and communications by sharing information with their networks and respective communities.
“By working with individuals known and trusted in the community, the City hopes to build trust and engagement with the broader community in order to ensure that cultural or language barriers do not prevent access to information, resources, and opportunities,” said the City’s Community Engagement Manager Lynette Hall. “We also want to learn from community ambassadors on how best to serve their communities.”
Community ambassadors, who will receive $2,500 a year as part of their stipend, are expected to serve as a liaison between the City and community and are required to attend monthly meetings to discuss upcoming community engagement activities, events, and efforts of the City and share community events, needs and concerns.
Community ambassadors are also able to receive funding to put towards special projects like supporting community events. Past special projects have included supporting a Health and Financial Resources Fair and community art contest.
The Neighborhood Development Action Team is a collaboration between City departments and partner agencies, led by the Office of Innovation and Economic Development and the Planning Division.
NDAT works to revitalize commercial corridors and transit areas in partnership with the community in neighborhoods outside of the central city that have been historically disinvested.
Most recently, NDAT worked to engage with community advisors and residents in North Sacramento to complete over 200 surveys and incorporate ideas for the Marysville – Del Paso Blvd Action Plan.