Community and Professional Education
Devereux Florida - Community and Professional EducationThe Front Porch Project® is a two-day comprehensive training program that teaches that every person can make a difference in their communities through personal action to build a culture of “neighbors helping neighbors”. This curriculum, developed by American Humane Association, is designed to connect neighborhood residents and to establish positive patterns of individual behavior based on mutual responsibility and ownership. The training builds participants’ awareness of their capacity and responsibility to become involved in the safety and health of children, youth and families in their neighborhoods.
Capacity Building Workshops are designed to empower individuals and organizations to identify and maximize their strengths and encourage them to find ways to contribute those strengths as advocates for themselves, their clients or consumers and their communities. Capacity Building has proven beneficial for youth groups, mentoring programs, community and faith-based organizations. It is a great team building experience for personal and professional enhancement at any age.
Girls Circle model is a structured support group for girls from 9-18 years of age. It is designed by Girls Circle Association to foster self-esteem, help girls maintain authentic connection with peers and adult women in their community, counter trends toward self-doubt, and allow for genuine self-expression through verbal sharing and creative activity. When youth voice their ideas and opinions in a safe environment, it strengthens their confidence and self-esteem and encourages them to express themselves more fully and critically think through their behavior and choices. Girls Circle is recognized as a promising approach in the Model Programs Guide by the Office of Juvenile and Delinquency Prevention.
Facilitated Dialogue is a powerful, heart centered engagement process that enables groups to increase communication and understanding on a topic of interest. It’s an opportunity for participants to freely discuss critical issues facing themselves, their families and community, and gain resident perspectives and opinions concerning social issues impacting their lives, their family, and community. It is used as an engagement strategy for policy and program development, quality improvement and community accountability.
Wakanheza Project is based on six principals. This customized training is a community-based initiative focused on reducing tension and stressful situations for families. The overall concept is to teach people when and how to reach out and help without judgment or scorn - when witnessing a parent struggling with a child in public. This training is one to four hours and includes discussions on parenting and discipline, exercises about children’s behavior in public and tips and suggestions for intervening. Our hope is to raise awareness and encourage community residents to help in restoring safety for children in their neighborhoods by supporting parents and becoming more watchful of children in potentially vulnerable situations.
The Five Protective Factors are conditions in families and communities that, when present, increase the health and well-being of children and families. They are attributes that serve as buffers, helping parents find resources, supports, or coping strategies that allow them to parent effectively, even under stress. When these Protective Factors are present and robust, families are more equipped to create environments for young children’s optimal development. This two hour workshop increases community awareness, provides strategies to integrate the factors into existing programs and systems and discusses steps parents can take to care for their children and strengthen their families.