How do we keep young men and women involved in the community!
I love social work and I intern for Mercy Corps NW. We work with men and women reentering the community to get the resources they need to be successful. #5-10 #social-work #reentry #community #nonprofits #community-involvement
You ask a great question. I believe the key is to continue to include the young men and women all along the way - in the work, programs/services, decisions, etc. Those of us who work in the helping profession too often decide we know what's best for residents or those we serve. We too often forget those in the community need to be at the table and be actively involved in how we develop and deliver our work. We don't know what's best for others, we need to constantly be in conversation and practice actively listening to hear directly from those who are trying to help.
You can keep young men and women involved by doing what you are doing now - constantly ask the question and give opportunities for those in the community to participate and share their knowledge, needs, concerns, ideas, etc. with providers. In my work, there are formal committees and commissions where residents can apply and serve. We have a teen advisory committee for young people to share their insight and participate in decision making process.
Hope this helps,
Most organizations struggle with engagement. I recommend surveying these young men and women to determine what community activities they would be more likely to volunteer for. Then plan your volunteer activities around the most popular feedback. Make it fun. Advertise all over social media using all of the outlets. Then recognize the people who showed up with pictures of the work accomplished and huge notes of thanks!