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A new program to assist the community, cities and partners

What are CELs (Community Engagement Liaisons)

The Community Engagement Liaison Services (CELs) was developed in 2014. CELs provides language, cultural contextualization and interpretation services for City government, corporations and private entities that help improved communication, understanding, and civic engagement. From street and area development, watershed conservation, budget testimony, community gardening to city wide planning, we have reached so many communities that were left out for decades. Our program is dedicated to serve the immigrants and underserved communities with consistent training, active involvement with local agencies, associations and partners. Our services include engagement, facilitation, translation and subject matter resources. 

Who are CELs liaisons

The liaisons are active community leaders or activists that are passionate about supporting and improving their community’s visibility and welfare. Majority of them (95%) are immigrants and people of color who are fluent in their native language(s) and active in their local community. Liaisons have consistently demonstrated professionalism, cultural understanding, and effective engagement with the underserved community groups that allow many city bureaus to serve broader range of residents and move forward with various planning. CELs liaisons are English-fluent, civic activists and are respected elders or activists in their respective communities they nurture.

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