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Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) Training
Learn how to engage a distressed community with dignity and effectiveness through Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) taught by Polis Institute. POLIS has developed a practical tool-kit for implementing ABCD through years of hands on experience as both practitioners of ABCD and as coaches/trainers of the model. Learn how to utilize this tool-kit in your context by attending an all-day intensive.
ACBD originated in the 1990s out of Northwestern University. Its most basic principle is simple – leveraging the strengths and talents of a community to address its concerns is a more effective and sustainable practice than trying to fix its shortcomings.
POLIS has been practicing and training ABCD since it was founded in 2009. Through ABCD we have seen individual lives enriched through better relationships and networks, and by attaining new skills, greater purpose, and more hope. We have seen high crime areas eliminate violent crime in their community without substantial law enforcement investment; substandard and hazardous housing redeveloped into affordable, quality homes; families move out of poverty; churches become a more integral part of the community; partnerships form between business, government and non-profits; educational programs become more effective and focused on families.
Attendees are taught the POLIS model for community revitalization and how to use the ABCD Tool-Kit during the following six modules:
1. Building Community While Improving Career Skills
2. Developing Community Leaders
3. Discovering Community Assets
4. Designing Community Initiatives
5. Building Partnerships that Work
6. Community Level Goals and Accountability