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

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Introducing Community Development and Agent of Change content into CurriculumDine College3-24-06Mark S. HomanSergio Matos

every day in america note need to update
Every Day In AmericaNote: 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
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
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)


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

session outcomes
Session Outcomes

Participants will

  • Recognize a range of approaches for stimulating interest and inquiry
  • Identify examples within each approach
  • Learn from one another
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

integration of basic methods for engaging community development issues
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
experiential learning
Experiential Learning
  • In class examples
  • 210 Quiz
  • Needs/Resources
  • Unequal resources (Johnson & Johnson & Assignment Guidelines)
  • Pima Issues activity
  • Finding out about your community activity
Outside of class examples
  • Civic-learning
  • Community Change Experience
  • Agency interview
  • Class Trip
structured discussion teaching examples
Structured Discussion & Teaching Examples
  • Quotes - invite students to bring in
  • Community Organization Ethics Assignment
  • Civic Learning
  • Strengths Picture
  • Barriers to health care
  • Journaling
  • Reading Reflections
  • Chapter discussion questions
  • Pondering Questions
  • Moments to Discover
  • Community Capacity Questions
  • Poster creations
information used as discussion tools
Information Used As Discussion Tools
  • Every Day In America
  • Service versus Development
  • Case examples
  • Agencies
  • Organizers
  • Constituents
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

PerspectiveService or Development
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

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