All of Partners in Participation associates have extensive experience in people-centered community development at the local level. They have delivered more than 20 “Neighborhood Academies”, in which diverse cohorts of community residents, over a 12-week period, learn and practice facilitation methods, delve into the economic, political, social and cultural development of their community and plan and implement a major mobilizing event. Most of the Academies have been held bi-lingually in communities with large Latino populations.
“Youth-Adult Partnering” training is also available as are workshops around being a “Community for All Ages” (good to grow up in and grow old in). These workshops combine comprehensive community mapping, creating a common vision and moving to action.
Major Clients: Jacobs Family Foundation, San Diego California, The Community Tool Box Adelanto California, Little Village Community, Chicago Illinois, William T. Machan School, Heard Elementary School, Crockett School in Phoenix Arizona.
“I’ve learned that it is important to involve young people because they have a great deal of
ideas to share.” Neighborhood Academy Participant, Adelanto – California
“I learned how to ask people about their ideas and goals and what they want to see happen or have in the community.” Neighborhood Academy Participant, Phoenix – Arizona
Arizona Community Foundation-Since 2003, a Partners in Participation Associate has assisted in the development of the “Communities for All Ages”. Initiative- Communities currently receiving funding from the Arizona Community Foundation (ACF) include the original town site of Surprise, Canyon Corridor in the near west side of Phoenix, the Southside neighborhood of Flagstaff and Sedona. Leadership sites (no longer receiving funding from ACF) include the Golden Gate and Central City South neighborhoods of Phoenix, the towns of Ajo and Concho and communities in Yavapai and Pima counties. Partners in Participation Associates provide technical assistance and training to the Network as a whole and work with each individual community in their planning and capacity building.
Substantial changes in each of the ten sites are described on the CFAA website (www.communitiesforallages.org)