RESOURCES TO START A LOCAL COUNCIL OF ELDERS IN YOUR COMMUNITY
Through a partnership with the African American Council of Elders ~ Wichita/SouthCentral Kansas, the national 400 Years of African American History Commission and the newly formed National Black Council of Elders, a limited number of Council start-up kits (at no cost) are available to communities interested in creating intergenerational planning committees to form their own local Councils. Communities interested in receiving the kit MUST have at least three (3) community members committed to act as a steering committee. We also encourage that the steering committee be intergenerational. For more information on starting a Council of Elders in your community, please get in touch with email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, go directly to the application form, here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/10z2FhQusMCi0kIL1t89_z3bzx2bPm6_cfAVSiqzdTX4/edit
WHO/WHAT IS AN ELDER?
Generally, an elder is one of advanced years, who is highly respected in her or his community of origin or residence. That respect is generated from their demonstration of sound character, good judgment and sensitivity to issues impacting their community. Most often, an elder has influence, within and beyond their immediate community and exhibits a willingness to speak out for the benefit and wellness of those who may have lesser voice.
WHAT IS A COUNCIL OF ELDERS?
Councils of Elders are a unique and historical human service construct. Councils of Elders have their historical roots in indigenous African communities which viewed the Elders as repositories of knowledge and wisdom, and more importantly, as the guardians and purveyors of a communities values, traditions, norms and interests. It is believed that a community avoids disorder and destruction when it is “under the supervision and direction of leaders who possess authority deeply rooted within the people’s common consent according to their concepts and their cultural values”.
WHY ARE COUNCILS OF ELDERS NEEDED AND HOW THE NBCOE CAN HELP YOU CREATE YOURS!
Councils of Elders represent both a connection/re-connection with historical practices that have proven to empower, as well as provide progressive and generative processes for community stability, wellness, and growth. On this page, you will find opportunities t learn more and help to build and/or strengthen a Council of Elders in your local community.