"Transforming a CommUNITY" by Emijah Jones
What exactly transforms a community? Community transformation is about making a big change for the people -- for the community. This may involve providing higher education or even creating more job opportunities in the area. Either way, the intent is to create a significant and positive change in your neighborhood.
Now, the next question is, how do you transform a community? Well, there are many ways to make a difference. Creating a vision, a goal is the first step on the ladder. Like any project, you have to have an end goal before shifting away into the complicated matters. Once there is a solid goal, you can create mini-steps that lead to the overall achievement. One step at a time with dedicated focus allows the community to be the focal point with no diversions.
This one may seem obvious, yet, it's worth mentioning: communicating with the community is key. A neighborhood transformation isn’t a singular project but instead a collective effort. Speaking with the people keeps everyone on the same page while also creating opportunities for volunteers.
Once there is a collective group, leadership is recommended. Who will direct what, who holds what responsibilities? To avoid stepping on someone’s tracks, it's important to have directors of the project; like filming a movie, there’s a bunch of input some person(s) need to circulate to the group.
Lastly, never give up! When it comes to community transformation it is essential to understand the project will take time. There are many steps that shouldn’t be rushed despite the anticipation for the collaboration to commence. Moreover, it is easy to become encumbered within the specifics of changing a community; loads of ideas piling on top of one another. However, taking the necessary time and having plenty of patience creates a solid plan that will resolve any doubt in the project!
All in all, community transformations can happen in both urban and rural areas as a simple school mural counts to the community. Creating a structured vision allows the mural to have a laid-out goal. Speaking with the community keeps a clear understanding of what the community wants and how they can help as a group. Having leaders within a project opens up for guidance while there are also a few voices that cover everyone’s concerns without interrupting another’s path. Finally, it's necessary to stay motivated! With time, patience, and effort a grand project can be broken down into digestible steps worth trusting the process.
Think about how you can impact your community. Are their local organizations in your area worth participating in? Many groups are open for volunteers and reaching out is the kickstarter of this process!
Blog Post based on: https://www.memproperty.com/five-ways-to-transform-your-community/