Engage for Change Workshop

Program Overview

Engage for Change is an online, interactive Civics course that gives participants the tools they need to advocate for positive social changes in their communities.  Participants will learn the background and strategies for social change movements in North America. Participants will be encouraged to interact, organize, and collaborate on pragmatic solutions to community-based issues.

Participants will develop a plan for social change within their own community. Key activities will include clarifying a community project issue, identifying and collaborating with stakeholders and creating a draft pitch for a social change project with the use of case study examples.

Participants should have a sense of the various types of the pragmatics of community organizing as well as a multi-faceted perspective of the view of various stakeholders within a particular community.

Program Duration and Type

Class, workshop, forum?

Target Audience

Who will benefit from this program?

The class will be drawing on a range of participant experience ranging from novices to highly experienced community activists to provide input on course example content. Occasionally, this course may be provided to specific issue-oriented groups.  Usually, the course will be offered to a diverse group of adults from a variety of backgrounds.

Ideal Mentor

Who are the mentors that will best use this program? What prior knowledge. Skills, or perspectives should they have to be effective?

Mentors should have some experience in community organizing or community advocacy which could include hosting / production of community media (radio, television, print, online); helping a candidate in a local election; working in a community-based volunteer program at a community centre.

Mentors should be open to various political views that are designed to empower people make their lives better.  A compassionate attitude and patience will be most helpful.

Academic credentials can vary from Political Science, Education, Sociology, or Liberal Arts.

Mentor Workload

What is the projected workload for mentors: Hours per week? What are the primary tasks before, during, and after the program?

Mentor workload would include about 10 – 15 hours reviewing the course materials and background materials in the mentor package. 

Preparation for electronic communication per week 1-2 hours

Instructional hours – 10 hours per week (2 hours synchronous)

Program Details

Learning Objectives

What are the specific learning objectives of the program and how are they measured?

  1. Increase networking and collaboration skills among grassroots, community-based organizations.
  2. Devise a project proposal for a social change project.
  3. Analyse the effectiveness and various techniques used in case study social change projects.
  4. Challenge one’s own outlook in terms of various political positions taken in social change and the strategies used therein.

Participant Benefits

What will participants get form this program? How will they be engaged? How will they be transformed?

This civics course that gives participants the tools they need to advocate for positive social changes in their communities.  Current citizen advocacy tools range from organizing rallies, flash-mobs, and postering; to testifying at public hearings and organizing non-profit organizations.

Interactive Activities

What are the interactive activities in the program?

Participants discuss their journals with their groups and personal support network to get feedback and validation of their results.  Final papers are peer reviewed.

Products and Results

What is the tangible recognition of achievement, if any? Work products? Portfolio materials? Badges and/or certifications?

In the workshop component, first the participants will look at the problems of a Vancouver community radio station and study the parts of an example project proposal to address that problem.

Then the participants make a proposal statement (pitch) about a local project of their own and then they, create a proposal, along with a list of strategies for each step.

Certification Process & Cost

What is the certification process and cost for a mentor to be able to deliver this program?

Certification requires familiarity with the program content and processes. Certification is $99 and includes ongoing support while the program is being offered.

Contact the Designer

Charles Corderre

Charles Corderre

Program Designer

Program Design, Mentoring, and Marketing