• AEffect.Change Cooperative Initiative

The Vision

The vision of Æffect.Change Cooperative Initiative is to significantly improve the quality of life for the less fortunate and most vulnerable citizens of our community by developing affordable, transitional and sustainable housing communities, cultivating community centers and training facilities, and establishing cooperatives for local live, work, learn opportunities. This will be accomplished by incorporating the Cleveland Model, using sound infrastructure and evaluation. We believe that our collaboration with government agencies, educational institutions, non-profit organizations and the surrounding community will cause juvenile delinquency and recidivism rates to significantly drop, minority academic gaps to reduce, homeless citizen lifestyles to greatly improve, and build a producing and sustainable economy.

The Mission

Æffect.Change Cooperative Initiative, is a charitable, tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) organization committed to educating, elevating and empowering diverse segments of our community, establishing economic sustainability through business and entrepreneurship, and to affecting lives to effect sustaining change in the city of Durham. Æffect.Change Cooperative Initiative provides programs and resources that address challenges related to juvenile delinquency, recidivism, improving law enforcement and community relationships, homelessness and senior citizen vulnerability in under-served/disadvantaged neighborhoods. Æffect.Change is founded on the core values of integrity, ethics, solidarity and excellence.


  • Collaborate with other organizations in like-minded efforts to improve the socio-economic state of the community through collective management, funding opportunities and aggregated resources.
  • Create sponsor and mentorships that reduce juvenile delinquency rates and bolster community engagement through effective and accessible neighborhood programs.
  • Significantly improve quality of life for veterans, homeless and those of destitute circumstance in the local area by providing transitional housing in a sustainable wellness community.
  • Educate and empower the community through advocacy, activism and disseminated information via websites, broadcasts and publications of our cooperative media network.
  • Provide skills training, employment and entrepreneurial opportunities through co-op initiatives in greenhouse aquaponics system installation and operation, tiny-home manufacturing, and community development.