Youth engagement in Waterloo!

In Waterloo there is a unique youth engagement program called Team up Community Outreach Program with the University of Waterloo. This program offers positive role models that are current student athletes to go into kindergarden to grade 3 classes to talk to them about the 6 keys to success.

1.Set goals
2.Hard work
3.Have a positive attitude
4.Be a team player
5.Have positive role models
6.Making choices

These are all great things that kids need to learn at a young age. Having real life examples and personal stories for the youth to share are great learning opportunities for kids. It’s definitely an example of a positive role model.

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Youth engagement in Waterloo!

In Waterloo there is a unique youth engagement program called Team up Community Outreach Program with the University of Waterloo. This program offers positive role models that are current student athletes to go into kindergarden to grade 3 classes to talk to them about the 6 keys to success.

1.Set goals
2.Hard work
3.Have a positive attitude
4.Be a team player
5.Have positive role models
6.Making choices

These are all great things that kids need to learn at a young age. Having real life examples and personal stories for the youth to share are great learning opportunities for kids. It’s definitely an example of a positive role model.

Youth engagement in Waterloo!

In Waterloo there is a unique youth engagement program called Team up Community Outreach Program with the University of Waterloo. This program offers positive role models that are current student athletes to go into kindergarden to grade 3 classes to talk to them about the 6 keys to success.

1.Set goals
2.Hard work
3.Have a positive attitude
4.Be a team player
5.Have positive role models
6.Making choices

These are all great things that kids need to learn at a young age. Having real life examples and personal stories for the youth to share are great learning opportunities for kids. It’s definitely an example of a positive role model.

Homelessness fundraiser update

As mentioned in previous posts i was part of a committee that put together a night for the public to raise awareness about homelessness. The night consisted of dancers, a buffet style dinner, a video breaking current myths about homeless people, question and answer period with the management of the shelter and to top it off with silent auction items and many door prizes.

The idea of this night is to raise money to go to the shelter to help the people in need. We raised just shy of $10,000 in one night with less than 150 people there! What a great successful night it was! We deffinanly raised awareness to the public and got them thinking about others in the community and how they can help make their lives better!

Community Conversations – Peer to Peer Conversations

This week I learned about Paul Born’s methodologies, mine was peer to peer conversations.

Working in community organizations can be time consuming and difficult causing challenges and obstacles. This is when they need input from others in the organization.

There was a personal experience made by the organization, Tamarack. They explained 4 steps to hold a peer to peer conversation. These steps are; unpacking and sharing ideas, questions to clarify why and how, group discussions to talk to one another and reflection to seek input. This is important to ensure these steps are followed to have a clear understanding of the main topic or idea that is being discussed. Having clarifying questions and conversations makes sure everyone is up to date on the facts so this doesn’t lead to assumptions. Developing questions that are open are great to use in a peer to peer conversation so there is as much new information learned by others in the room. Being honest and writing key ideas are important to trust who your having a conversation with and know all of your key players.

Peer to peer conversations can happen; face to face on the phone or one on one or in a group with a main leader.

This relates to our main focus in this class of Peter blocks 5 steps.
1.social fabric- overcoming struggles and thanking everyone for being there so they can feel connected.
2.associational life- being honest with your crowd and innovating social change.
3. Convening- group decisions, face to face or over the phone. Gaining strategic input from one another.
4. Small groups- writing down key ideas, talking about the main purposes.
5. Conversations- facilitating the transfer of wisdom. Reflecting any ideas and asking what they have learned from the conversation to reinforce the idea.

Lived Experiences

What is a lived experience?

This is when you have an event, meeting or overall community of welcomed feelings and a place they want to be. This is an opportunity to build the social fabric with other citizens in the community, associational life, convening with other, small groups will open people up to talk, and having conversations about the main purpose of being there. Being a leader of the group you want a space for people to come together and learn from each other and you want a space for people to just come together in the first place. Lived experiences is a warm feeling of being invited and having the feeling of belonging and wanting to be in the place you are.

Having a personal invitation will make people feel valued and want to show up. When you think of invitation you have to ask yourself: Who do we want in the room?, How do we motivate them to get there?, How do we be clear about why we want them there?. These are all great questions to think about when having an event. Having an environment with comfy furniture, food available healthy and unhealthy and coffee and drinks. This will make people open up to socialize and hopefully have a memorable experience and want to return next time. People will show up because they want to, the invitation will inspire them to show up. The overall goal is to get people involved to have new opinions and a diverse crowd. It’s important to have the right speaker or leader so people are entertained and learning new information they never had previously.

Jane Jacob’s is a master of Place Making. She believes that to much time was spent on the design of making a space look modern and beautiful but not thinking about the people in it and how they will feel and react. She believes having cafes on the sidewalks its a better way to meet and interact with people rather than glassed in shops and not being able to converse. I agree with Jane because a desirable place is somewhere that you feel comfortable, a place to mingle with others and a place you want to be in.

On a road to understanding myself;

Thinking back to two years ago when I applied for the PAMS program I was unsure what to expect and what I really wanted to do with my life and career. All along I’ve still been confused on what avenues I should be taking. Over the past couple months I have really gotten involved in the community and volunteering, this makes me feel good knowing I’m helping other people. I have met so many different people, resources and networked in many different ways. I have and currently volunteer at: The Bridges Homeless Shelter, The KW special olympics bowling and doing my unpaid placements at The Township of Wellesley and Conestoga College in the ATS building. I have learned so many new things by learning to spend my own time(unpaid) exploring new things. This has really been an eye opener and helped me decide where and what I want to do with my career and life. I believe this ties into this weeks topics discussed in class: the 4 elements to civic engagement. Direct service- this is all about hands on community service which is what I have been exploring my time in. Capacity building- encouraging to show up and be apart of something, this is to have the passion and believe in what i’m doing. Advocacy- speaking on behalf of other people, this is raising awareness of issues to other people and in the community. I will be apart of a big event on March 26 for the Homeless Shelter. Finally, Philanthropy- fundraising and acts of support, this ties into my last sentence about the fundraiser to gain awareness to the public and fundraise to support the homeless shelter.

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I think it’s important to believe in yourself and strive to achieve your hopes and dreams. Making succession plans for yourself is a great start. images-7