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Points of Light
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Recorded: Oct 21, 2014 at 04:00 pm EDT
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Join the Points of Light Corporate Institute for this virtual training that will offer new volunteer managers and community engagement leaders at companies an in-depth, interactive learning opportunity on how to start employee volunteer programs (EVPs). This session is designed for new employee volunteer managers from businesses of all sizes, or those needing a refresh of the basics. Participants will learn about the seven practices of effective employee volunteer programs, gain insight into best practices and common pitfalls when starting an EVP, network with others new to the field, and will get access to a set of case studies, tools and strategies for ongoing guidance and support. We are also delighted to welcome Renee Levin, Community Engagement Manager at Intel Corporation, who will be our featured guest speaker during the second class.
In the 21st century we will see America�s greatness hinge on our ability to leverage the collective human capital of the American people. President George H. Bush�s legacy of a �thousand points of light� extending and connecting communities reminds us of the importance of everyday people accepting the responsibilities of citizenship with a clear sense of purpose, duty, and honor. The challenge that confronts our society is how to translate the abstract obligations associated with being a member of a community to concrete action that is focused on meaningful social, political, and economic change. In this course students will consider how individual rights, and associated obligations, can transform general commitments to service into a robust model of community-engaged leadership. We will focus how the methods of democratic engagement and redefine systems, organizations, and institutions that structure issues confronting our society. We will problematize key ideas tied to charity, volunteerism, and service to illuminate a method of democratic engagement, connected to a form of community-engaged leadership, which is focused on creating positive community impact. This course is designed for students that are beginning to seriously consider their role as community-engaged leaders. In this course we examine how the complacency included in most conceptions of public action not only fails to achieve democratic ideals, but also constitutes a larger threat to democratic institutions that rely on meaningful social, political, moral, and economic engagement. We will problematize contemporary conceptions of public action in order to more fully understand the components of engagement. Through readings, discussions, dialogue, deliberation, and service-learning pedagogies, this course will give you the opportunity to learn about theories and applied actions of democratic engagement. This process should constantly force you to question the relationship between the �world as it is� vs. �the world as it should be.� The course will highlight the relationship between attention and activity, as these concepts relate to maintaining a meaningful engagement practice. The goal will be to use the engagement framework included in this course to complete projects that are co-produced and develop the democratic efficacy/capacity of those working to address serious community issues. Students will also be encouraged to consider how the methods of democratic engagement and community-engaged leadership intersect their academic disciplines and future professional careers.
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Brandon is an assistant professor of civic engagement and campus director of the American Democracy Project at Florida Gulf Coast University. He will be the inaugural instructor for the first Citizen Academy course. He is currently working on a book length project related to civic dialogue, community organizing, and social change. Brandon holds a Ph.D. from The University of Georgia in political science and a Master�s degree in political science from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
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As the world�s leading volunteer organization with more than 20 years of history and a bipartisan legacy, Points of Light connects people to their power to create positive change and address the critical needs of our communities.
The Corporate Institute is the go-to resource for community-minded companies looking to build and expand effective employee volunteer programs.
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