How to Engage Communities in Neighborhood Development?
Professionals should never assume anything about a community. This is why engagement is essential to thorough and impactful community development. To ensure the objectives and outcomes of a plan correspond to the needs of the public, the community must be involved throughout the whole process. This involvement raises the question of how to best engage the population, especially those whose challenges are the greatest: youth, people of color and low-income families. It also raises the issue of trust, or rather the lack of trust, and how this reflects on community development efforts.
Join Rise to share your community engagement efforts and learn from diverse experiences in the St. Louis region neighborhoods. The purpose of this training is to discuss the framing and the tools of community engagement through interactive activities and a panel of guest facilitators/speakers. The core of this training is based on interviews conducted with several community development professionals over the last several months; their invaluable insights are indicative of the challenges and needs faced by the profession. This workshop is an interactive experience where you can exchange and reflect on your community engagement practices and test community engagement tools, their benefits, and limits.
Key questions guiding this workshop include:
- How do we define community and community engagement?
- What are the challenges and opportunities in engaging St. Louis communities?
- What tools are available and how to use them?
- How do we engage better together and cultivate a regional culture of community engagement?
What: Community Engagement – Definitions and Practices in the St. Louis Region
When: Friday, December 15, 2017, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Where: Mission: St. Louis, 3108 N Grand Blvd St. Louis, MO 63107
RSVP: Brian Hurd, Technical Assistance Program Manager, 314-333-7012, [email protected]