Best Practices Community Partnerships

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  • 1. TAKING PARTNERSHIPS TO THE NEXT LEVEL From Best Practice to Common Practice
  • 2. IDEAS WE’LL ADDRESS Site and Issue-Based Teams (also Place-Based) Creative Higher Level Placements Community Capacity Building Organizing Around Issues & Bigger Goals Integrating Web-Based Tools Reflecting This in BWBRS
  • 3. OPENING QUESTIONS What is the current level of integration of site/issue- based teams? How many partners? How much of your Bonner Program? Do you have student leaders playing roles as site/ issue/team leaders or in helping arrange & manage service partnerships? How much auditing have you done of students’ higher-level placements (as reflected by CLAs and in BWBRS)
  • 4. ORGANIZING SITE/ISSUE TEAMS: POTENTIAL & CHALLENGES Many non-profit partners Supports partners to have are small; capacity needs volunteers (Bonners) that can and lower-level placements take on higher-level crowd out room to develop roles and address higher-level placements capacity Culturally, some don’t want Provides more structure for to interfere with students’ students to engage in team- ‘choice’ of service based goal-setting, Being ready: some campuses education, & research take leap to assign leaders Aligns with (VISTAs or PCs), and it fails developmental model
  • 5. RESPONSES TO CHALLENGES Organize clusters of students around issues/sites within a place (multiples sites for one issue team when dealing with small partners) Transform meeting structure (alternating with class meetings) & retreats, engaging partners & empowering students through leadership roles (including research)
  • 6. RESPONSES TO CHALLENGES Create innovative intern and higher-level capacity building roles (e.g., Senior Intern, Community Outreach Intern, volunteer training program, videos, web development, resource development) Athletic program/team metaphor combined with full range of issues (and academic connections) counters ‘culture’ issue
  • 7. WHAT’S YOUR APPROACH? Where do you see these ideas taking shape in your program? What are some of the challenges, and how have you (or can you) adapt your program or approach to meet them? How might you utilize enrichment grants to support this work?
  • 8. MORE QUESTIONS: Have you begun organizing around issues, either with partners or on campus, or both? What are you doing? What other capacity building initiatives have you developed? Have you begun to utilize web-based tools (Serve 2.0) in your program in ways that benefit partners?
  • 9. ORGANIZING: POTENTIAL & CHALLENGES Strategically organizing Campus structures can campus-community present challenges to activities around issues working across department/ can allow new coordination of division civic work (service, courses, Again, partners are assessment) sometimes not ready to Campus coordination can think in this way, due to align with new ways to build resource and capacity needs capacity of community, and increase quality of civic engagement
  • 10. RESPONSES TO CHALLENGES Organize series of workshops and institutes with one or several partners, tapping into other resources (faculty, institutional) on campus Build and carry out a more strategically- focused working group and process, which would focus on taking civic engagement to the next levels
  • 11. RESPONSES TO CHALLENGES Utilize retreats and meetings with this working group to organize around issues, projects (QEP), and initiatives Tap into assessment and other rubrics to inform the plan and persuade others with data-rich information Utilize enrichment funds for these purposes (mini-grants, retreats, structures)
  • 12. EXAMPLES & HANDOUTS Davidson College: workshop series, partner consortia, summer retreats, developing non- profit institute WV Wesleyan: leadership team for civic engagement, VISTA positions, retreat series, developed institution-wide outcomes for civic engagement Siena College: institution-wide assessment process, then linked with other engagement strategies TCNJ: team is here to share work
  • 13. INTEGRATING WEB-BASED TOOLS Outreach, recruitment, & matching Program management (and design) Connecting program to other resources on campus (and across network) Storing & sharing your knowledge
  • 14. WE’LL EMPHASIZE 3 TOOLS HERE WIKI: Partner Profile for Bonner Program or Campus-Wide Wiki Ning (Bonner Network Forum): a platform for students, staff, faculty, and partners (eventually) to be in touch around issues PolicyOptions tool for research (cover in tomorrow’s session)
  • 15. USING A WIKI: PARTNERS CAN BENEFIT Wiki: interactive web-page (many can edit) Agency Information Mission/Vision, Program Descriptions Map/Location (Place-Based Analysis, GIS) Volunteer Positions Videos (Profiles, Training, More)
  • 16. Simple structure and links. Each team has a page to update.
  • 17. A simple profile introduces your site. Students create & update plans, manage work.
  • 18. A Campus-Wide Wiki can help with outreach, listing volunteer opportunities at your site.
  • 19. The Wiki can introduce students to important information about the neighborhood. Here students did community asset mapping to create videos and then mapped partners.
  • 20. The wiki can be a tool for students at site to do & document plans (setting goals, charting progress). Site/Issue structure also supports policy research (co- curricular).
  • 21. HOW DO WE CONNECT & LEVERAGE NETWORK? Bonner Programs at 80+ colleges & universities Each has 10-100 students & 10-200 community partners We work across common issues to make a difference
  • 22. CAMPUS ISSUE PROFILES: MAP THE WORK Campus Profile Types of Service Academic Work Education & Training Campus & Organizational Capacity Building Research, Policy Analysis & Deliberative Democracy
  • 23. WORKING GROUP PROFILES: MAP THE NETWORK National Profiles Begin to allow campuses to connect with each other Map the network-wide approach Precursor to narrowing focus & doing public policy research Allows foundation to use Ning to connect groups
  • 24. FORUM GROUPS: SHARE IDEAS WITH US Help Us Strategize: How to support these connections across campus How these tools can link with your own campus’s needs (e.g., campus Ning sites like Middlesex) Dreaming about the potential and how to make it work
  • 25. BONNER NETWORK FORUM (NING) How it can help: Get staff, students, partners, and faculty to join groups Start & participate in discussions Post articles & resources Connect around specific interests