This report, a resource guide created for the Casey Foundation’s Making Connections initiative, offers strategies for connecting residents and families living in isolated neighborhoods to social networks, services, supports, jobs and opportunities. Residents are encourged to engage together for collective action to improve their communities. The guide provides examples of promising approaches and resources for cultivating and sustaining resident engagement, family-friendly places and leadership development.

February 12, 2000

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    The key indicators of authentic engagement of residents and families in community change efforts.

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    The minefields, roadblocks, missed opportunities and wrong turns that weaken or prevent engagement.

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    Promising approaches to resident and family engagement, including Time Dollar programs, study and neighborhood circles, and community living rooms, as well as use of neighborhood projects, mini-grant funds, parent leadership development and community organizing/family advocacy strategies.

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    How to put a range of resident, family and parent engagement strategies strategies together, and where to go to learn more.

Key Takeaway

Resident engagement efforts work best when grounded in guiding principles.

Believe residents can make positive changes in their own lives and their neighborhoods; Equity and respect are cornerstones for building relationships; Encourage participation by providing transportation, child care, translations and financial compensation.  

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