Program evaluation for Tacoma Beautiful's Member's Meetings

Training low-income women to advocate for themselves and their community has the potential to be life changing. Pacoima Beautiful was established in 1996 to empower and provide their members with leadership skills through civic engagement, social justice and environmental justice advocacy. This research used qualitative data acquired from three focus groups (N=10), utilizing narratives from Pacoima Beautiful's adult members to evaluate the impact of the Member's Meetings in empowering participants and providing them with useful leadership skills. Results revealed seven themes: cohesion, personal satisfaction, self-efficacy, exposure, barriers, empowerment, and leadership. Pacoima Beautiful is an effective community setting to empower communities and provide members with leadership abilities through their Member's Meetings program.