The term "community building" is used in a variety of ways and situations. In this course we focus on its most fundamental aspect: developing the solidarity among neighbors that builds community and provides the foundation for sustainable civic engagement. It is the most basic and the most critical element of community building, but by no means the simplest. Through this course you will understand the factors that keep neighbors from joining community activities. We’ll explore the safety, belonging and self-actualization needs we all have, and how community life and civic engagement can be used to meet these needs. We’ll develop strategies to break through to the uninterested and practice the skills necessary to engage them. We’ll learn how to organize the kinds of activities that are best suited for their initiation, to develop them into committed neighbors, and retain them as enthusiastic volunteers.
This faculty-led webinar training will last 90-minutes and include resource materials, interactive polling, and participant Q & A with the faculty. A quiz will be open at the conclusion of the session which must be passed in order to obtain a certificate and credit toward continuing education hours. Participants can access the training site upon registration and begin looking at the available resources prior to the live online training session. Participants will complete the quiz and print their certificate immediately after the live session.
This course provides 1.5 hours of continuing education.