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1 Introducing Community Development and Agent of Change content into Curriculum Dine College 3-24-06 Mark S. Homan Sergio Matos

2 Every Day In America Note: need to update 1 young person under 25 dies from HIV infection 5 children and youth under 20 commit suicide 9 children or youth are murdered 9 children and youth under 20 die from firearms 77 babies die

3 151 babies are born at very low birthweight (less than 3lbs., 4oz.) 180 children are arrested for violent crimes 367 children are arrested for drug abuse 401 babies are born to mothers who had late or no prenatal care 1,310 babies are born without health insurance 1,329 babies are born to teen mothers 2,019 babies are born into poverty

4 2,555 public school children are corporally punished 2,319 babies are born to mothers who are not high school graduates 2,861high school students drop out 3,585 babies are born to unmarried mothers 4,248 children are arrested 7,883 children are reported abused or neglected 17,297 public school students are suspended From Children’s Defense Fund reported April 18, 2004 (2002 data)

5 Healthy communities tend to produce healthy people. Distressed and depressed communities tend to produce distressed and depressed people.

6 Session Outcomes Participants will Recognize a range of approaches for stimulating interest and inquiry Identify examples within each approach Learn from one another

7 They come to the people of the slums not to help them rebel and fight their way out of the muck…social work does not even reach the submerged masses…Social work is largely a middle class activity and guided by a middle class psychology. In the rare instances where it reaches the slum dwellers it seeks to get them adjusted to their environment so they will live in hell and like it. A higher form of social treason would be difficult to conceive. - Saul Alinsky

8 Integration of Basic Methods for Engaging Community Development Issues Experience –In class activities –Outside of class activities Structured Discussion & Student Teaching Reflection Information Speakers Perspective

9 Experiential Learning In class examples 210 Quiz Needs/Resources Unequal resources (Johnson & Johnson & Assignment Guidelines) Pima Issues activity Finding out about your community activity

10 Outside of class examples Civic-learning Community Change Experience Agency interview Class Trip

11 Structured Discussion & Teaching Examples Quotes - invite students to bring in Community Organization Ethics Assignment Civic Learning Strengths Picture Barriers to health care

12 Reflections Journaling Reading Reflections Chapter discussion questions Pondering Questions Moments to Discover Community Capacity Questions Poster creations

13 Information Used As Discussion Tools Every Day In America Service versus Development Case examples

14 Speakers Agencies Organizers Constituents

15 Perspective Service or Development Service focuses on problems Service is episodic Service reinforces power imbalances from giver to receiver Service promotes passivity Development focuses on assets and capacities Development is ongoing Development equalizes power relationships Development promotes capability and power

16 Service relies on experts Service emphasizes recipient ownership of problems Service keeps recipients isolated and dependent Service meets needs Service requires problems Service expects no contribution to others Development relies on partnerships Development emphasizes mutual ownership of possibilities Development links people with shared interests and promotes leadership Development fuels abilities Development prevents Development requires contribution

17 The privilege and the penalty of your education and the position you hold in the community is that, over the coming decades, as in the past, you will be the pace setters for political and social thought in your community. You may accept this responsibility, but it makes no difference. It is inescapable. If you decide to set no pace, to forward no dreams and to have no vision, you will still be the pacesetters. You will simply have decided that there is no pace. Adlai Stevenson

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