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Engaging Community Members in Addressing Community Issues Together – An Introduction to the new How to Hold a Forum, Interactive Workshop

Engaging Community Members in Addressing Community Issues Together – An Introduction to the new How to Hold a Forum, Interactive Workshop

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July 26, 2021  2-4:00pm EDT

The last of three professional development workshops available for Extension professionals on Engaging Strategically to Build Farm and Family Resilience. In these workshops, you and your team will increase your understanding of how to integrate theory-based risk and resilience concepts into programming, develop confidence to engage community members in building resilience of farms and farm families, and create a plan of action for incorporating risk and resilience and community engagement. Offered by the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension and University of Maryland Extension supported by the Extension Foundation through a USDA-NIFA New Technologies in Agriculture Extension grant.

In the final workshop series, the focus will be on the in's and out's of how to hold a public forum.  Extension is well-positioned to bring members of communities together to explore public issues. Community forums are one way to increase understanding of issues and to identify actions. What role can a community forum play in helping attendees better understand community issues, build new connections, and develop individual and collective responses? How could a forum be used to build more resilient farms and farm families or address other pressing issues? Can on-line forums be as productive as on-site forums?  Come get answers to these questions.  The presentation team will share examples from forums held in 2018-19 (face-to-face) in Delaware, Maryland and Ohio and in 2021 (online) across the Delaware-Maryland Eastern Shore.  Learn what was similar and different and the results of the two methods.
During this session you will:

  • Become acquainted with the new How to Hold a Community-Issue-Focused Forum eFieldbook.
  • Learn what a forum can be, its value, how on-site differs from online forum
  • Identify the steps to use to plan and implement a successful community engagement on important issues.

We encourage you to identify a team of 2 or more Extension colleagues to attend the series together. For those teams who attend all three sessions, you’ll be placed into a drawing to receive a 1-hour consultation with the UD and MD Extension NTAE team members. If you attend without a team, you’ll still be eligible for the drawing, but during the workshop will work with other participants who have also attended without a team. Create a team name and each team member will need to register for this workshop.

To add some fun, prior to each workshop, you’ll be invited to participate in a learning activity. Those who complete the activity in advance--by 12:00 pm EDT the Friday before--will be entered into a door prize drawing for a $25 Amazon gift card. The winner will be announced at the end of each workshop and must be present to receive the prize.

Don't delay, register today and tell your teammates to register as well!

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