The Nelson Chair Roundtable on Networking Community Based Programs was held at Boston College’s Lynch School of Education and Human Development on March 27 & 28, 2014. Participants included program administrators from 11 different youth programs in Boston, New York City, New Orleans, Miami, Bermuda and South Africa. Community leaders, educators and other resource people were in attendance.
The group, led by Dr. Anderson J. Franklin, Honorable David S. Nelson Professional Chair, discussed six primary topics in an informal roundtable setting, enabling all to have a voice:
- Meeting Community School Needs: Challenges and Strategies, Lessons from South Africa
- Program Development, Diversity, Scale and Implementation
- Staff Professional Development: Socio-Emotional Climate of Out of School Time
- Program Impact and Outcomes: Evaluation, Research and Accountability Models
- Program Sustainability: Funding Streams, Development Strategies and Maintaining Mission Integrity
- Effective Leadership, Strategic Planning and Board Development
Nelson Mandela University
Dr. Denise Zinn, Professor and Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Teaching & Learning presented for Nelson Mandela University (NMU), Faculty of Education. NMU is the largest university in the Eastern and Southern Cape of South Africa. At NMU the Faculty of Education has developed a bold approach to educational improvement that seeks to be relevant and responsive to the contextual realities of schooling in the province.
Centre for the Community School, NMU
Dr. Al Witten, Founder and former Director of the Centre for the Community School (CCS) at NMU presented at the Roundtable and Special Colloquium. CCS is an entity within the Faculty of Education that aims to promote, strengthen and support the work of community schools in the Eastern Cape. The Centre subscribes to the principles of "Asset-Based Community Development" and focuses its work around the contexts of schools and the communities they serve.
Sherdren Burnside Founding (former) Site Director presented for the College Track located in New Orleans. College Track (formeraly Urban League College Track) is an afterschool college preparatory program that works to increase high school graduation, college eligibility, college enrollment and graduation rates in under-resourced communities.
GROW DAT YOUTH FARM
The mission of Grow Dat Youth Farm is to nurture a diverse group of young leaders through the meaningful work of growing food. On our farm we work collaboratively to produce healthy food for local residents and to inspire youth and adults to create personal, social and environmental change in their own communities. Founder and Executive Director Johanna Gilligan joined for her first year presenting at the Roundtable.
All Stars Project Inc.
Founded in 1981, All Stars Project (ASP) is a national nonprofit that uses a performance based approach to help tens of thousands of inner-city youth and their families create success in their lives. Dr. Lenora Fulani, Co-founder of the All Stars Project, Inc. and Founder of Operation Conversation: Cops & Kids presented at the Roundtable for her second year.