A Guide to Strengthen the Capacity of Promotoras. Mobilizing the Community Unit 5. Objectives. Define and describe your community. Understand how to gain and maintain commitments within and beyond the community. Communicate with the community through multiple channels.
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Mobilizing the Community
Mobilizing the community means engaging all sectors of the defined community in a community-wide plan.
This involves identifying existing community groups, engaging formal and informal leaders and involving service organizations active in the community.
Your group will decide on a community health issue/problem you want to work to practice the first 4 steps.
You will read, work, prepare and report the steps to the large group.
Decide who, if one or several persons will report to the large group;
Report by giving the name of each step, the objective, what did you do, and the work that you did as a small group.
You will have 30 minutes to prepare, and 5 minutes to report back to the large group.
The group/coalition needs to establish functional structures (committees) that will include the operating procedures to guide the group during the decision making process and other tasks.
Functional or Operating Procedures are things like format of a meeting and communication mechanisms. These procedures help monitor the process, strengthen the group process, and to create a shared vision and a sense of ownership.
This is your first meeting as a group. Go to handout # 5-6 Role-Play Meeting in your manual.It explains how to conduct a meeting. Review the handout now
The “meeting facilitator” will begin the meeting following the instructions given to him/her
The facilitator will provide you with the meeting agenda and the roles and responsibilities sheets: Executive/Steering Committee, Local Coordinator, and Community Group. Read and get familiar with the roles and responsibilities, and discuss them with the other member of the group.
Pretend that this is your first time participating in a meeting and it is OK to make mistakes.
Follow the “meeting facilitator” instructions to proceed with the meeting. Look at the time assigned for each agenda item and remember that the meeting will last 35 minutes. You can have a person in charge of timing.