Community Engagement

Engage, Involve and Empower Community Members

Community Engagement is the process of working collaboratively with and through groups of people in a community, that focuses on addressing the interests, needs and issues affecting their well-being. Community Engagement increases understanding of issues and empowers communities to work with people at all levels to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes.

This workshop will explore some of the challenges to community engagement, and what steps can be taken to engage, involve, and empower community members to play an action role in the community.

This one-day workshop offers and mix of community engagement principles, self-awareness, tools, strategies and more, to help individuals, groups and organizations better engage with their community.

This workshop is offered within organizations for groups of 5 people or more.

Course duration: 1 day
Course language: English

Program Topics

What is Community Engagement?
• Community Engagement Defined
• Principles of Community Engagement

Community Engagement and Diversity
• Knowing Your Community
• Understanding Different Aspects of Diversity
• How Bias, Stereotypes and Assumptions Affect Community Engagement
• The Benefits of Diversity
• Engaging Diverse Communities

Community Engagement and Leadership
• Community Leadership
• Leadership Traits and Skills
• Leadership Approaches

Community Engagement and Volunteerism
• What is Volunteerism?
• Why Get Involved?
• The Benefits of Volunteerism
• How to Engage Volunteers in Community Initiatives

Community Engagement Planning
• Developing A Community Project
• Assessing the Level of Community Impact
• Identifying Ways to Engage the Community
• Developing a Community Engagement Strategy
• Implementing and Evaluating the Community Engagement Plan

Community Engagement and Social Change
• Creating Change Through Civic Involvement
• Forms of Civic Engagement
• Factors Affecting Civic Engagement

Learning Outcomes
By the end of this workshop, you will be able to:

• Understand a variety of community engagement principles
• Learn about local approaches to working with diverse communities
• Familiarize yourself with community leadership and approaches that can influence communities
• Develop a framework for developing and assessing community engagement plans
• Understand the importance of including and empowering volunteers in community initiatives

Who Should Attend?

Anyone who would like to learn more on community engagement. This can include individuals, organizations or community groups.

For more information on this workshop, please contact:
Sophie Gouédard
Tel: 613-234-2020, ext. 21

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