Working for Change is a 10-week leadership capacity building program aimed at providing residents of Saint Johnís six priority neighbourhoods with the skills and opportunities to facilitate social, political, and economic change. This unique program is offered three times a year and is divided into three phases. In phase one, a series of workshops are offered to participants that focus on teamwork, leadership, social media, communication, and pitching an idea. The second phase involves establishing teams of participants from each neighbourhood/geographic area and putting their skills into action by developing specific community projects with the support of mentors drawn from the community Ė business (ex. Irving Oil), government (ex. The City of Saint John and the Department of Social Development), non-profit organizations, and past Working for Change participants. The third phase provides an opportunity where teams can present their project ideas to potential partners and funders in hopes of advancing their initiatives.
Some of the projects that have been developed and implemented over the past few years are fencing around a hydro tower in Anglin Drive; traffic calming measures in Crescent Valley and Waterloo Village; repairing a set of stairs in the Old North End; adding a bus stop in the Lower West Side and adding ashtrays to hydro poles in areas of the South End.
For more information on the next program, please contact us at 654-7201 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.