Neighborhood Navigators

Neighborhood Navigators are trained community leaders providing peer support with the guidance of a multi-sector network and mentors in the field. They maintain a basic knowledge of community resources, connect neighbors to resource providers, and facilitate actions for community-driven needs.

These unique individuals are community-identified leaders empowering their neighborhoods with the support of a multi-sector network. Navigators both identify community needs and grow a basic knowledge of community assets, with two specific goals of connecting their neighbors to resources and positioning themselves to become facilitators of action for community-driven needs.

NNs in the program are already “informal” community connectors, individuals that their neighbors turn to for guidance, respect, and trust; they are naturally confident and culturally competent, most often bilingual, and place-based communicators and organizers. InteGreat! then simply provides the additional support, tools, and resources for what they already do – help their neighbors. As a result, they live where they work, and work where they live.

This program is about more than connections or resources, however; it is about nurturing vision. Navigators also collaborate with their neighborhoods to identify immediate and long-term goals that will improve their overall well-being. InteGreat! and its partners rally around the goals, both financially and through advocacy; while maintaining neighborhood autonomy. To build community, we must honor the dreams of our residents.

InteGreat! currently supports two navigators in the areas of Eagle Valley Mobile Home Park (EVMHP) in Edwards and the Two Rivers residential community in Dotsero. Navigators took their positions in June 2016. Since their positions began, the following accomplishments have been noted:

• A Spanish-speaking support group was created to benefit families with loved ones struggling with addiction
• A group of senior Hispanic women have found social support and pathways for economic independence
• A senior recovering from surgery received a bed to sleep on, rather than sleep on a floor
• A community is learning about the diversity of their neighbors
• An HOA recognized the need for bilingual documents and communication
• Advocacy work for a bus line has begun
• A Navigator was accepted into the Eagle County Schools’ Insider Academy to learn more about how schools operate and education policies work
• More community members are trained on available nutrition programs, such as WIC
• The voice of a community has influenced efforts to improve the built environment through a GOCO planning grant
• A school district recognizes the barriers to volunteerism
• Two towns have shown support for additional navigators in their communities
• Multiple organizations have aligned resources to help fund navigator activities

The work between the Strategic Director and the Neighborhood Navigator is supported by the Neighborhood Navigator workgroup. This group consists of Navigators, Strategic Director, and leaders from eight community agencies: Vail Valley Foundation’s Educational Division; Youth Power 365’s Parent Mentors; Eagle County WIC Services; Eagle County Schools; Eagle River Youth Coalition; InteGreat! Steering Committee; GOCO Planning Grant Team (Walking Mountains); and Colorado State University Extension. InteGreat! has already secured funding to hire two more navigators in the areas of Avon and Eagle in 2017.



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Eagle River Youth Coalition - Making Youth a Community Priority
Physical Address: 34520 US Highway 6, C10 | Edwards, CO 81632
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 4613 | Edwards, CO 81632
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