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2017 Conference Workshop Sessions

In addition to providing conference attendees with thought-provoking speakers, exhibitors sharing ideas on how to improve one's neighborhood's quality of life, a Youth Café designed specifically for young people, ages 13 to 18 years old, to learn how they can make a difference in their lives and community, the annual Virginia Statewide Neighborhood Awards program, the only neighborhood award recognition event in Virginia that recognizes civic volunteers who have invested their time and energy toward improving the quality of life in their neighborhoods, and unparalleled networking opportunities to learn best practices from influential neighborhood advocates and professionals from across Virginia, the following information packed workshops are also being offered during this year's 2017 conference.

Conference Workshop Sessions:

Friday, September 22, 2017

Session 1 - (9:45am - 11:15 am)

Town Hall: Asset Based Community Development (ABCD)
(ABCD In Action -Savannah, Georgia) (video)
ABCD builds on the assets that are already found in the community and mobilizes individuals, associations, and institutions to come together to build on their assets-- not concentrate on their needs. The key is to begin to use what is already in the community. Learn what is ABCD and how ABCD can benefit your community. Jim Moynihan, Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) Trainer and Coach
Yorktown, VA
Session 2 - (11:30 am - 1:00 pm)

Five Stages of Community Life: Developing Strategies for Your Neighborhood at Any Stage
Every neighborhood is in a stage of progress: The Waiting Place, Impasse, Catalytic, Growth, and Sustain/Renew. Do you know which stage of community life your neighborhood is in? stage? Don’t stay in a rut! Find out which of these stages your neighborhood is in and how to develop strategies that lead to progress, growth, and neighborhood success! Oneiceia Howard, Senior Neighborhood Specialist, City of Norfolk Oneiceia.howard@norfolk.gov

Beatrice Garvin-Thompson, President, Olde Huntersville Civic League
Norfolk, VA


“Making Your Neighborhood Millennial Friendly”
The Millennial generation is generally defined as those born between about 1980 and 2000, and it is beginning to make its mark on the national economy and culture. It is now the largest living generation in the United States, surpassing the Baby Boomers. The priorities and preferences of the Millennials tend to differ from those of preceding generations, including in the realm of housing and neighborhoods. What are these differences, what could they mean for your neighborhood, and how can you keep it vibrant by attracting members of this generation? In this workshop, we will discuss those topics, review some actual development projects, and suggest ways that neighborhood organizations and housing providers can work together to achieve positive outcomes. Mike Hawkins, Managing Director of Community Outreach, Virginia Housing Development Authority
Richmond, VA


Right now-today-let’s plan an exciting, educational event for the public on a $100.00 budget.
A facilitator guides participants through a 45-minute meeting where we collectively create the agenda for a training event to increase civic education using a hypothetical budget of 100 dollars. At the end of the 45-minute work session, participants will have a rough draft of a training event they can modify and implement when they go back home. The workshop will also include a lecture about the group facilitation techniques, using the meeting we just experienced as a jumping-off point for our discussion. Joseph Andrews, Neighborhood Development Associate
City of Hampton


The importance of how we voice opinions, creating effective ways to include everyone in the community through communication regardless of race or culture with emphasis being unity in your community. How to address and accomplish goals we set in our community while building on the positive attitude that we are all important pieces to a much bigger puzzle that form the communities we live in. Duane Smith, President of the Joint Resident Council
Roanoke, VA

Session 3 - (2:45 pm - 4:30 pm)

Ex-Offenders, Neighborhoods, and You
Ex-Offenders, Neighborhoods, and You exploring the impact that offenders/ex-offenders may have on our Neighborhoods and discuss ways to promote their successful transition back into our communities. Antwyne U. Calloway, CEO/Community Advocate, Coalition for Social Empowerment
Roanoke, VA


“Do-It-Yourself” Community Partnerships
What do you get when housing organizations, local government, businesses, nonprofits, faith groups, college students, and local military groups ALL partner together? Better housing, better lives, and better neighborhoods. Hear how a partnership between the City, Habitat for Humanity, and other community partners were able, over just 10 days in 5 years, to connect over 2500 volunteers to over 150 meaningful service projects that’s beautified homes, improved community facilities, and encourage pride in the community. Learn how you can build similar strong partnerships between community organizations to achieve common goals. Jonathan E. McBride, Division Manager, Housing and Neighborhood Services Division
City of Hampton


Applying Community and Media Engagement Strategies to Build Healthier African American and Latino Communities.
The workshop will offer participants an opportunity to review case studies of communications interventions as they relate to best practices in building awareness and changing behavioral norms within African American and Latino communities in relation to mental health and immunization uptake. There are many misconceptions and complex levels of stigma associated with vaccination practices and mental health issues such as depression, suicide, and trauma that often contribute to health disparities. The disparities are further mitigated by environmental factors such as poverty, racism and a lack of access to quality healthcare. Participants will learn about successful health communications campaigns that were adopted by grassroots leaders to improve healthy behaviors through strategic community and media engagement strategies. Carlos Velazquez, MA, President of HMA Associates, Inc
Washington, DC

Building Healthy Communities through Collaboration, 50+ Southside Splash
Building Healthy Communities through Collaboration” will focus on the process by which the 50 and Older (50+) Southside Splash was created. The 50+ Southside Splash was created out of community health concerns on the Southside of Norfolk, Virginia. Several members of the program have been able to decrease medications, lose weight, decrease cholesterol numbers, and decrease the use of adaptive devices such as wheel chairs and walkers. Jamie Goldin, Senior Neighborhood Development Specialist
City of Norfolk


Saturday, September 23, 2017

Session 4 - (10:00am - 11:30 am)

Why Equity Matters
This workshop will introduce participants the concept of an equity lens. Participants will learn how equity is different from equality, diversity and inclusion. In addition, participants will learn how the use of an equity lens advances racial and social equity. Participants will share their experiences of using an equity lens or how they can use in their engagement and community building efforts. Facilitators will provide examples of how they use the equity lens in their community engagement efforts in Fairfax County. This session will include group exercises/activities, videos and networking. To be announced.

Building a successful community program utilizing Asset Based Community Development concepts and model
What happens when City, County, State University, foreign government and volunteers collaborate? In 2011 a group of volunteers and community leaders from different agencies joined forces to put together a program that would help build leaders and inform the community of services available to them. Success did not come easy, but once a team that cared about the community and was willing to give of their time was built everything started to come together for a successful Community Leadership Workshop program. “In unity there is strength,” it was the partnership of the team built and the assets of the mind, hands and heart each team member brought that helped create a program that benefited city residents to gain knowledge and shared with their family, friends and neighbors what they have learned. We have seen several participants of the program; start their own business, find new jobs, begin to volunteer, go back to school and become community leaders. Aracelys Torrez, Community Specialist, Community Engagement Division
City of Raleigh, NC


Inclusion, Control, & Openness: Improving Group Maturity
At the last meeting you attended, did you feel welcome, significant, and productive? Explore the three stages of group maturity that allows groups to be high performing teams. Begun to understand the behaviors, fears, and feelings that group members are experiencing every time they gather. Learn some ways to effectively lead a group through those stages by recognizing cues and adjusting your leadership style to meet the group’s needs. Jonathan E. McBride, Division Manager, Housing and Neighborhood Services Division
City of Hampton

(Concludes at 12:15pm)

Building Coalitions with our Youth
Learn what has worked in other cities to engage, encourage, and empower our youth. Youth from the Arlington County Recreation Department. Keith McEachin, Marcus Johnson, Lindenwood, Cottage Heights, Barraud Park Civic League
Norfolk, VA


Karen Pope, Youth Services and Family Engagement Manager
Cornerstones, Reston, VA


Lauren Lowery, Department of Neighborhood Development
City of Norfolk