Engaging the Latin@ community is essential to develop the power within the community to eliminate the stressors and build the strength and awareness that prevent domestic violence. Casa de Esperanza recognizes that they alone cannot end domestic violence, and as an organization they strive to "put the work, tools, resources and power in the hands of more and more people," including community members. Therefore, community engagement becomes the essence of their work. It's a process that actively involves community members in prevention efforts, intervention strategies and research. In this blog talk radio, listeners will learn how the experiences of the community guides Casa's work and what attributes advocates should adapt in order to build relationships, create safe spaces, sustain/develop transformational approaches, and be responsive to needs of the community. When we work from the base of community engagement, our work become responsive to community identified needs and places the tools, resources and supports in the hands of community. They then take leadership in creating community change.
During this discussion, participants will:
- Learn the key principals of community engagement.
- Identify the difference between community outreach and community engagement.
- Deepen an understanding of the impact of community engagement as a tool for change.
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