A Powerful Why

Community Development in High-Poverty Urban Neighborhoods.

The Claretian Initiative (tCI) is a network of unique, local programs across North America designed and run by people who live in each community and understand its needs. This approach develops diverse programs that are better equipped to address the complex and interconnected issues of poverty and violence.

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  • Multiple issues are impacted with each program.
  • Programs are designed to fit the culture of the community and to inspire the people’s commitment to a better reality.
  • Claretians are part of the ongoing community leadership 24/7.
  • The Claretian Initiative program network targets sustained change, developing leadership from within the community to build positive futures—replacing the cycle of violence with a cycle of growth and a culture of achievement.
  • The network builds safe neighborhoods where people can live with dignity amid urban challenges.


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