Engaging Communities to Reduce Poverty and Build OpportunityPresentation Transcript
Engaging Communities to Reduce Povertyand Build OpportunityJulie Keown-Bomarand Nancy CoffeyEau Claire County
Principles and Lessons We Share… Principle #1 Poverty reduction is not a solo act How can we engage more people in helping people? Reach key stakeholders? Engage new audiences? Changemakers Summit Augusta, WI 2008
Examples—Horizons Project St. James factory workers, high-school students, business people, educators and civic leaders have joined together to grow opportunities for more people The St. James, MN community photo taken at 6 a.m. on July 30, 2008. Part of the Horizons Project.
Iowa Extension works to reduce poverty
Poverty Awareness for Community Engagement PACE - Cooperative Extension - University of Wisconsin-Extension
Principle #2: Policy and programs are more effective andbetter informed when citizens from all walks of life help create them The secret to success of the program, one St. James leader said, has been its focus on a "grass roots, not top-down" approach. Including community members young and old, and from all walks of life, has been key as well. "It's about getting people together to solve their own issues," she says. "Once you do, magic happens."
Principle #3: Community resources should be made known to all that could use them Resource directories, warm lines, 2-1-1 Collaboration Breaking down the barriers Staying informed
Principle #4People will participate if their needs are accommodated, they are acknowledged and listened to Encouragement and affirmation Break down the barriers (childcare, time of day, stuffiness, asking for money, etc) Inclusivity Relationships Ideas
Language /framework is important
Dialog tools: World Café, sharing experiences, local perspectives
One toone dialogue for relationship building
Success! What success have you had… Breaking down barriers? Building community resources? Getting people from all walks of life to work together?
Four Solutions for Communities Increasing awareness and discussion about poverty Expanding the number of residents in the community helping people who are struggling to make ends meet Mobilizing toward concrete actions to reduce poverty Creating policy change strategies to reduce poverty
Developing An Effective Plan What is the community ready for? What are the necessary steps? Who are the necessary partners? Tools for You To Use
Community Readiness Model
Barbara A. Plested
Ruth W. Edwards
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What Are the Necessary Steps? Logic Model--flexible
Committed people - unfocused Get Others Involved and Synchronize Efforts!
Committed people - focused Mobilize!
Who Should We Get Involved And How? Power Mapping activity One on One Dialogue To Discover Self-Interest and Passion activity People of Low Income Media
Results in Eau Claire Area 95% of the participants “felt their voice was heard” during the summit process 89% indicated the summit worked to engage them in impacting poverty Concrete tools developed to assist people More depth and breadth of people working on poverty reduction Blueprint and action steps developing
El Centro de Conexión de Chippewa Valley
One on ones
Welcome to Public Achievement
Contact Information Julie Julie.Keown-Bomar@ces.uwex.edu Nancy Nancy.Coffey@ces.uwex.edu