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The Asset-Based Community Development Institute (ABCD) is at the center of a large and growing movement that considers local assets as the primary building blocks of sustainable community development. Building on the skills of local residents, the power of local associations, and the supportive functions of local institutions, asset-based community development draws upon existing community strengths to build stronger, more sustainable communities for the future.


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Using ABCD as a Pedagogical Tool in a Project-Based Learning Course

Using ABCD as a Pedagogical Tool in a Project-Based Learning Course

Tuesday June 21 2022, 11:00 AM CT
@ Virtual

Join us for our June 2022 FREE Story Sharing Session

Description:

This session shares the experiences of a project-based learning course that sought to design a young black leaders academy in Niagara Falls, New York. To create an all-new youth academy from scratch requires a broad and diverse set of skills (e.g., business plan development, marketing, web design, etc.) that, even collectively as a class, we do not possess. Therefore, the students have to use their own assets and networks to seek out the gifts of their friends, colleagues, and others in their networks. As the students learn the principles and practices of Asset-Based Community Development, they have to put these into action in order to meet the learning objectives of the course.

Presenter: David B. Taylor, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Criminal Justice, Niagara University

Facilitator: Howard Rosing, Executive Director of the Steans Center, DePaul University

To register for this free event please visit our Eventbrite page.

Overview

Between January and May 2022, The ABCD Institute will host a series of virtual story sharing sessions on "ABCD in Higher Education." The series will showcase examples of how faculty, staff, and students at universities and colleges are intentionally doing - or trying to do - their work using an asset- or strengths-based approach, within their institutions or in their work with community partners.

Stories might include programs, initiatives, or short-term projects that illuminate successes and challenges. This is not limited to best practices and could include efforts that have been difficult at best.

Stories - along with associated tools and resources - will then be compiled and shared through an ABCD Institute publication, edited by the ABCD in Higher Education Work Group. All storytellers and session participants will be invited to join the work group moving forward.

About the ABCD Institute

The ABCD Institute is a nonprofit organization located in Chicago at DePaul University’s Irwin W. Steans Center. The Institute’s origins go back to the early 1990’s when John McKnight and Jody Kretzmann published their best selling community development book, Building Communities from the Inside Out: A Path Towards Finding and Mobilizing a Community's Assets. Their original research at Northwestern University in Evanston Illinois began a global movement to shift  the lens through which communities were often viewed - from broken places to places of possibility. The stories of local change they discovered was happening under the radar and their analysis of how it was happening changed the understanding of community building. The ABCD Institute is at the center of a large and growing movement that considers local assets as the primary building blocks of sustainable community development. Building on the skills of local residents, the power of local associations, and the supportive functions of local institutions, asset-based community development draws upon existing community strengths to build stronger, more sustainable communities for the future.

The ABCD Higher Ed working group is a work group of the ABCD Institute that focuses on promoting the use of ABCD principles within the context of higher education with particular emphasis on how universities can be assets to their local communities.

Upcoming Sessions: 
July 19Mark Chupp, Case Western Reserve University - Building Capacity for Authentic University-Community Engagement

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