The Community Engagement Academy is an interactive three-day Academy led by experts from the University of New Hampshire and the University of Maine. Designed for practitioners and community volunteers, the Academy takes place in three communities in different stages of downtown revitalization. Participants will learn from local speakers about their community engagement efforts. The Academy provides best practices for community engagement and introduces participants to engagement beyond the standard community forum, including a variety of tools: dot posters, key informant interviews, youth artwork, story maps, and more.
- Developing a plan for community outreach and engagement
- Thin engagement vs. thick engagement
- Equity and inclusion: using a variety of tools to reach underrepresented audiences in your community
- Vision to action: using information gained through community engagement
- Engagement for a variety of topics: preparing for climate change, downtown revitalization, community art, connecting trails and downtowns
Enrollment is limited
Cost: By March 1st: $250 for 3 session academy, After March 1st: $400 for 3 session academy
A fee is charged for this Extension program to cover costs. A limited number of scholarships are available to individuals unable to pay. No person shall be denied access to the information provided through this program because of inability to pay.
For more information, please contact Casey Hancock.
Strong, vibrant communities have an active and engaged citizenry. Effective engagement leads to increased public understanding, input and support for community ideas and decisions and helps to grow local leadership. This workshop will provide you with the skills to do effective outreach and engagement in your community – and to understand the difference! We will cover the benefits and challenges of community engagement. You will learn how to identify audiences to engage such as the business community, residents, leaders, youth and under-represented groups. You will hear about the many engagement tools you can use such as storytelling circles, focus groups, rich pictures, interviews, posters and story maps. You will come away with the skills to develop and implement a targeted – volunteer led - plan for community engagement and in doing so, strengthen your project and community.
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