COMMUNITY BUILDERS PROGRAM
The revitalization of neighborhoods is a vital element to the overall quality of life of the entire Hudson Valley. Understanding community development is the cornerstone for improving these neighborhoods. The most critical issue with community development is getting the best and most appropriate resources to those who need it most. It is also vital to ensure those resources are being integrated in a sustainable manner. The greatest failure of community development is wasting resources due to a lack of comprehensive knowledge of local conditions. Establishing creative partnerships is essential. A key element to successful community development is growing and building local leaders and strong advocates to establish a clear vision to effectuate positive change in the community. Solutions to community issues are identified and corrected by community-developed remedies. Solutions that better reflect the delicate intricacies of local issues are more successful and sustainable than top down approaches to community development. Often an individual project can make the difference.
In order to understand anchor projects, there are many questions that must be answered such as:
- How is the community, neighborhood or project defined?
- What are the core issues, needs and gaps?
- Who is best suited to accomplish the goals and objectives?
- How to identify local, state and federal resources.
- How to work with local officials.
The Community Builders Program will provide participants with the tools to identify local issues, study and research the community, establish potential solutions with a focus on moving specific objectives and projects to completion. In order to create the highest quality program and attention to detail, class size will be set at a maximum of 8 people. Participants from throughout the Hudson Valley will be invited to register in the program with an identified project and learn from the professional staff at Pattern, guest speakers and from peer reviews how to advance their project toward completion.
The sessions will cover topics such as; how to use demographics; designing the project; mission and vision statements; overcoming impediments; project management;; a “mini” grant writing class with budgeting; identifying local leadership, how to create collaborative partnerships and how to motivate the community. Technical training in demographics, statistics and data is important; however, when building communities, we are also building a class of leaders, who are motivated and can inspire their neighborhoods to effectuate local change. The program will also provide guidance on how to establish local ownership of a project and how to manage a diverse set of people to accomplish the goals and objectives for the advancement of specific projects. Participants will be able to take advantage of the wide range of skills within Pattern’s staff, who collectively will act as advisors on their individual projects. The program will include time for a series of work sessions for participants to advance their individual projects toward completion.
The Community Builders Program classes will begin in late January 2017. The first class will be an introductory session to meet and greet each other, Pattern staff and describe your project and community to the participants. The schedule of topics may change as the program is flexible and designed to best suit the needs of the communities, participants and the overall goals and objectives of the individual projects. Classes meet from 3:00-5:00 pm at Pattern’s Office and tuition for the program is $500 which covers all costs and materials.