Community Change Initiatives mobilize the community for action, strengthen the capacity of residents and organizations to effect and sustain change, build and improve neighborhoods, and lay the groundwork for future progress.
Examples: Different techniques may be used to help stakeholders develop skills and cultivate networks. Examples of potential strategies include, but are not limited to: mentoring, coaching, modeling, workshops, conferences, and technical assistance provided by outside experts. Capacity-building opportunities may be provided to a group of stakeholders or they may occur one-on-one as an individual prepares to take on a specific task or role. They may also be provided directly by the organization or through referral. Given the nature of community building initiatives and the extent to which stakeholders are to be involved in the process, stakeholders’ capacities and connections will also be strengthened simply through their participation in the initiative.