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American Indian Community Council: History and Overview of original Theory of Change. Desired Outcomes. Meeting participants: Understand the history of the American Indian Community Council Understand AICC’s approach to community change Have an opportunity to dialogue about the approach.

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desired outcomes
Desired Outcomes

Meeting participants:

  • Understand the history of the American Indian Community Council
  • Understand AICC’s approach to community change
  • Have an opportunity to dialogue about the approach
pair share
Pair Share
  • Find a partner
  • In 2 minutes, answer:
  • When did you first become involved with the American Indian Community Council?
  • How have you been involved?
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HISTORY
  • Children’s Planning Council founded in 1991 with County Board of Supervisors approval to serve as a bridge between county government & communities at a regional level
  • Regional councils begin with a focus on networking, information dissemination, & efforts to connect with county systems
  • In 2001, SPA/AIC Councils help identify “strengthening the capacity of communities to act on their own behalf” as a key element of CPC theory of change and as a primary focus of their work
american indian community council
American Indian Community Council
  • Began in 1998 as part of the Los Angeles County Children’s Planning Council
  • One of nine community councils
  • AICC became an independent entity with the CPC transitioned into a new non-profit organization
strengthening community capacity
Strengthening Community Capacity

Strengthen capacity in communities that support parents, residents, and other partners in their efforts to be the best advocates they can be for children and their families.

one approach three strategies
One Approach, Three Strategies
  • Approach: Asset Based Community development
  • Strategies: Community Engagement, Community Organizing, Shared Decision Making
approach abcd
Approach: ABCD
  • Asset Based Community Development
    • Based on developing a community’s ability to recognize its strengths, leverage resources from institutions, and create community solutions to social problems.
    • Based on idea that government and non-profits alones can’t solve social problems.
    • Long term strategy that requires investment in community leadership and training, as well as mutually beneficial partnerships.
abcd in action
ABCD in Action

FIND AND MOBILIZE ASSETS OF THE COMMUNITY:

    • RESIDENTS
    • ASSOCIATIONS AND CONGREGATIONS
    • BUSINESS, NONPROFIT, GOVERNMENT
    • LOCAL ECONOMY
  • WHAT DO WE WANT TO DO?

2. WHAT DO WE HAVE TO DO IT WITH?

    • Find assets
    • Connect assets
  • HOW DO WE GET THEM TO DO IT?
    • Relationships
    • Discover self interest “motivation to act”
    • Self interest to common interest
  • HOW ARE WE DOING?
    • Evaluation
    • Celebration
united native youth l a

United Native Youth L.A.

Los Angeles American Indian Youth Coalition

abcd continued
ABCD, Continued

TWO SOLUTIONS, TWO PATHS

NEEDS ASSETS

Service to Meet Needs Connect/Contribute

Consumers Citizens

“Programs are the Answer “People are the Answer”

strategy community engagement
Strategy: Community Engagement
  • Process for building relationships through the exchange of information or a service associated with a pressing need
  • May be initiated by any party
  • Efforts such as community surveys, focus groups, and conferences are important strategies that facilitate information exchange, but are insufficient to build a community’s capacity to act on its own behalf
strategy community organizing
Strategy: Community Organizing
  • Advocacy – power based on expertise
  • Grassroots Lobbying – planned testimony
  • Organized Voting - GOTV
  • Direct Action-boycotts, strikes, etc.
  • Mass Media
  • Legal Power – lawsuits, injunctions, etc.
strategy shared decision making
Strategy: Shared Decision Making

Process of bringing together key stakeholders to the decision-making table in an ongoing, sustainable way

Requires that all involved stakeholders work collaboratively to share access, information/data, resources, and authority in order to identify solutions to address conditions affecting child and family well-being

small group discussion
Small Group Discussion

In small groups, answer the following:

  • What stood out to you about what was shared?
  • Do you think the AICC should continue with this approach and three strategies?
  • What questions do you have?
next steps
Next Steps
  • Board and Council will discuss at our next joint meeting in September
  • Receive Mini-Grant to conduct Community Organizing
  • Continue this discussion at AICC Meetings, if there is community interest
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