Created in 2013 by Mayor A. George Pradel, the City’s Cultural Outreach Program helps foster connections with residents of varied and diverse cultural backgrounds. The program was a result of the diversifying demographics of Naperville with Indian American population getting close to 10% of the cities population. Mayor A. George Pradel said of starting the program. “It is so important to make sure all of our cultures are connected within the city and that we embrace our unique backgrounds and use them to help make Naperville the wonderful City it is. Krishna Bansal, a Naperville resident was appointed as ambassadors to the Indian community residing within the City reporting to the Mayor’s office. The ambassador chosen for this position would help City staff and the community as a whole embrace and foster connections within the Indian communities. In addition, the program was aimed to help encourage members of the community to be actively involved in civic life and understand the structure and function of Naperville’s government. The community outreach chairman was also tasked with the opportunity to assist with local and international economic development opportunities and cultural outreach in the business sector. To carry out this mandate, Krishna formed an organization of residents to help achieve these goals in 2013. In 2014, the Indian Community Outreach Organization received the non-profit status.
Indian Community Outreach’s primary mission is to embrace, preserve and promote the Cultural Heritage and contributions of Indian American’s while educating them to get involved in America’s growth. It is a non-partisan organization that is community based and partially funded by the sponsorships, grants and its members contributions. Its purpose is to:
Serve as a bridge between the Indian American community and all other communities.
Recognize the diversity and therefore make a conscious effort to be all-inclusive.
To build higher levels of civic engagement between local government entities and the Indian American community.
To provide opportunities for our current Indian residents and businesses in local and international economic development efforts.
To embrace the Indian American community into the local cultural outreach efforts (including welcoming exchange students, visiting dignitaries, cultural events, etc.)
WHAT WE STAND FOR
Serve as a bridge between the Indian American community and all other communities
Build higher levels of civic engagement
Coordinate cultural/social events through the year like the India Day celebration, Diwali , Holi, etc.
Organizing multiple educational forums to discuss Indian Business, Women and Youth issues.
Develop & distribute educational material for educating communities for civic awareness & social integration.
Recognize the diversity and shall; therefore make a effort to be all-inclusive.
Host Annual Community Breakfast and give out scholarships and awards.
Make efforts to seek broad community participation in City-wide cultural events.