PICO believes in the potential for transformation—of people, institutions, and of our larger culture—and in the power of people of faith to lead this transformation. PICO values the racial, ethnic, religious and regional diversity that has shaped American society. It believes that government can play a vital role in improving society, but that civil leaders and organizations need to have the power to shape policy and hold public officials accountable. PICO builds community organizations based on religious congregations, schools and community centers. As a result PICO federations are able to engage thousands of people and sustain long-term campaigns to bring about systematic change at all levels of government.
PICO engages in community improvement projects, mentoring/tutoring, diversity training, media education and congregation-based community organizing. It works to bring people and institutions together to transform life in low-income communities and communities of color. PICO uses the principles and methods of community organizing to equip low-income communities and communities of color to have a real voice in policy decisions at the local, state, and national levels. It has developed organizational programs to help train and develop organizational leaders of color through its Organizers of Color Leadership Seminar and the PICO Fellows program.
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