Resident Involvement in Community Change

The Experiences of Two Initiatives

By Public/Private Ventures

June 1, 1999


Both Plain Talk and Community Change for Youth Development (CCYD) represent a social policy approach to local neighborhood change. Plain Talk’s goal of protecting sexually active teens from pregnancy and disease slapped at religious beliefs, while CCYD’s goal of giving youth a leg up in school, work, and decision making was much easier to market.  Yet both ran into the same phases, quandries and challenges during implementation, as revealed in this report.

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Key Takeaway

Resident involvement increases Casey’s chances for making lasting change

Casey has always maintained, and practice has borne it out, that residents are a great way to gain an inside view of the community’s strengths and needs, gain access to social networks that can facilitate local buy-in, and gain legitimacy and moral authority to address certain “touchy” community issues—all of which are important to the success of the initiative. Involving residents is also a way to build community leadership capacity, which, in turn, can help expand and sustain initiative accomplishments.

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