Boosting community engagement

Ditra Edwards wants to help individuals and organizations become more involved in their respective communities.

That’s why last year she opened The Center for Community Transformation LLC, a group she hopes will get community members more engaged in the civic process.

“Oftentimes in communities, we believe that residents don’t have their own ideas about what should be happening,” Edwards said. “But they do. They just don’t always know how to bring the ideas all together or where to go with them.”

Edwards, a 2017 Rhode Island Foundation Innovation Fellow for SistaFire RI, is already working with some community groups in Newport.

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Her new project was accepted into the Social Enterprise Greenhouse 2018 accelerator program. She hopes to eventually make it an employee-owned enterprise.

“I’m trying to create change and have a big impact on community residents,” Edwards said.