Appreciation: Show How to Strengthen Communities (Class 22)

Straight-A Guide Training Program

Lesson#22 Appreciation: Community

Show how to strengthen communities

(Facilitator Jerron Jordan wrote this lesson as a guest contributor)

Materials & Procedures:

  • Classroom space
  • Sufficient number of chairs with writing surface
  • Index cards with five vocabulary words
  • Communications handout

Introduce Lesson # 22 (5 minutes)

  • Discuss the two ways to influence a community
  • Provide handouts Sample Community Event and Self Reflection 

First steps (10 minutes)

  • Take roll of participants
  • Facilitator discusses his role in the community and how values-based decisions led to his progress.
  • Facilitator discusses why giving back to the community is important.

Goals and Objectives (5 minutes)

  • Explain reasons why each participant should be able to articulate his plan to help strengthen his community.

Expected Learning Outcomes (5 minutes)

  • Facilitator will teach participants the value of strengthening their community. Facilitator will teach participants how to start building a network of community members. Facilitator will teach participants how to start the process of a community event.

Preliminary introduction (5 minutes)

  • Facilitator will conduct exercise #1 on self-reflection hand out

Direct Instruction (10 minutes)

  • Facilitator explains the two types of ways to influence a community. The first way is inside the home. Since we are the sum of our experiences, what we go through shapes our perception. Facilitator discusses four in-home practices, including diets, language, discipline, latch-key kids. Facilitator correlates those with the influence they have on the community as a whole. The second way is out side the home. Facilitator explains how important volunteerism is and asks participants to give some examples of effective volunteerism. Facilitator then explains philanthropy on a macro scale (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation) and on a micro scale (churches).

Guided Practice (20 minutes)

  • Facilitator will conduct exercise #2 on self-reflection hand out.
  • Facilitator will conduct an overview of handout Sample Community Event
  • Facilitator will separate class in five even groups and conduct exercise # 3 on self-reflection handout. During the exercise facilitator will ask each person to combine their answers with their group and have each group share their answers with the class.

 

 

The First 50 and ReInvent Stockton presents…

WE CAN

Purpose- To combat litter with an innovative solution

 

Target- every park in Stockton

 

Start Date- June 15, 2013

For more information, or if you would like to get involved…

Please contact Jay at jerronjordan@gmail.com or call        (209) 225-6892

 

Supplies needed- paint, paint brushes, tarps, gardening tools, trash bags, gloves

“Together we can re-invent Stockton” ~ Michael Tubbs

 

 

Exercise in Self-Reflection

Exercise #1

Each day we are faced with choices and those choices effect more than just us. The sooner we understand that the better we can become at making informed and values based decisions. Below is a reflection of your decisions.

 

List Five ways you feel you have impacted your community in a negative way.

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List Five ways you feel you have impacted your community in a positive way.

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Exercise #2

There are two types of ways that you can affect your community. Inside the home, and outside the home.

 

List 5 general in the home practices that affect your community.

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List 5 general out of the home practices that affect your community.

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Exercise #3

You have decided to create an event where 100 kids from your neighborhood will receive a free jacket for Christmas. You have exactly 60 days until December 25th.

First you will need to create a list of contacts to help organize the event. These volunteers can be family, friends, co-workers, etc.

 

List 5 contacts

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Next you will need to secure some donations. These can be secured by going to churches, asking friends & family, and soliciting stores.

List 5 sources of donations

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Finally, you will have to pick a location for the give away to happen. It’s better to do this at a park, church, or even a school.

List five  possible locations

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Congratulations, you have successfully changed the lives of 100 kids and their families. Of course it will take a little more planning than these three main steps but you have taken the initiative. It is important to realize that you have the power to give back to your community. You have the opportunity to strengthen you community and help others make informed value based decisions. Be someone else’s catalyst to greatness and success.