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1 Working and Connecting with Community Partners SOSC 203 Service Learning and Global Issues Francis Yee and Francis Adu-Febiri

2 Content I.Community Organizations II.Working with Community Organizations III.Leadership

3 I. Community Organizations: Types Government agencies or departments (federal, provincial, or municipal), e.g. Canadian International Development Agency International organizations, e.g. World Health Organization Non-government organizations or non-profit organizations, Local, e.g. VIDEA National, e.g. Results Canada International, e.g. Oxfam Canada Overseas, e.g. Equality for Growth, Women for Change

4 Know your community partners What are its mission and goals? What are the nature of the organization and its structure? What are the projects and services provided ? Do they provide the services directly or through another organization? Who are some of the key people who are running the organization? Who is the main contact person for the project that you are involved? Provide services in overseas location Overseas partner Local community partner Students

5 What community partners can gain? Gain input and expertise from students and faculty to fulfill their missions A cost-effective way to promote the work of community organizations Bring a diversity of perspectives into their organizations with greater capacities to serve their constituents

6 II. Working with Community Organizations: Benefits to Students Create positive social change in the community Energize, enhance, and make real the course curricula Growth in abilities to communicate with diverse audiences Enhancement of leadership and project management skills Develop capacities for work with others Clarify career goals and provide a network of contacts Become an informed and involved participant in communities and world (Cress, et. Al. 2005, p. 17)

7 Student Responsibilities Understand your own role and expectations of community partners Familiar with the missions, goals, and organization structure of the community partner Adhere to all College policies and student conduct policies Avoid any risk or potential risk to yourselves or others Communicate clearly with community partners on time management and commitments Conduct your work in small group (Reitenauer, et. al., 2005)

8 Student Rights A safe environment that supports your service learning activities free from any threats, such as sexual or other forms of harassment or discrimination

9 Communicating with Community Organizations Roles and responsibilities Expectations Meeting schedules Deadlines of activities Forms of communication (phone, s, etc.)

10 Action Learning Plan 1.Course objective 2.Community partner’s purpose 3.Individual’s learning goals 4.Service goals 5.Final product 6.Main components of final product 7.Deadline of the project (Cress, p. 27)

11 III. Leadership Effect positive change for the betterment of others, community and society All people are potential leaders Involves collaborative relationships that lead to collective action rather than just behaviour of an individual (Source: Astin & Astin 1996 in Reitenauer 2005)

12 Leadership Development (7Cs) Individual Consciousness of self – aware of own beliefs, values, attitudes, and emotions to act Congruence – thinking and behaving with consistency, authenticity, and honesty towards others Commitment – motivates to serve and drives the collective effort Group Collaboration – work with others in a common effort Common Purpose – work with shared aims an values Controversy with Civility – openly discussed differences in viewpoint Community Citizenship –responsibly connected to the community through the service activity (Source: Reitenauer 2005)

13 Leadership Development Process Leadership Individual Consciousness of Self Congruence Commitment Community Citizenship Group Collaboration Common purpose Controversy with civility (Source: Reitenauer 2005)


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