Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities
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Real Communities Partnerships & Welcoming Community Dialogues
Real Communities Partnerships (RCP) were launched statewide in 2010 by the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDD) to support community and civic engagement through the creation of inclusive and welcoming communities where people of all abilities are valued equally and are active participants in making the community better for everyone.
Because of our long-standing commitment to transformational community engagement as a standard practice, GCDD tagged Global Ubuntu to provide oversight for the RCP Initiative. We work alongside partners to support them in engaging community members, train them in Asset-based Community Development principles, and build capacity through facilitated learning opportunities.
This thoughtful, action-learning approach equips community members at the local, grassroots level to use person-centered supports, community-centered connections, and persistent and reflective learning to work toward common goals to improve their community. Current program partners are located in Americus, Clarkston, Dahlonega, Macon, Moultrie, and Savannah.
Purposefully involving people with and without developmental disabilities in collaborative projects is pivotal to the framework of Real Communities Partnerships. Because the goal of the RCP is to create opportunities to strengthen social capacity and advocate for change, projects are determined by the individual partner communities and vary according to local needs and desires.
By handing the reins to individual communities and leading by stepping back, Global Ubuntu helps GCDD support real communities to flourish and achieve real and lasting, community-based change.
Along with the RCP, Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDD) and Global Ubuntu are working together to support Welcoming Community Dialogues on social issues and/or themes in communities statewide. The aim of the dialogues is to create space for community members of differing backgrounds, races and abilities to discuss and dream of a society where everyone is treated with dignity and justice.
Global Ubuntu and GCDD support communities to understand that a welcoming community is a dream and journey that a community can take together; it is not a project and doesn’t have to be hard. Conversations can start over coffee or dinner simply by asking how we can create a fair and welcoming community for all. We currently are working with community builders throughout Georgia - including in Athens, Augusta, Comer, Fort Gaines, and LaGrange - by providing financing, training, facilitation, and mentoring in support of their efforts to assist in the creation of welcoming communities. A Welcoming Community Summit is planned for October 2019 in Clarkston, GA to showcase the community dialogues, celebrate successes, and to practice and learn for continued community building.
The purpose of the Dialogues, and the Summit by extension, is to pave the way toward an equitable and just society - foundational of welcoming communities - where people across race, ethnicity, culture, class, socioeconomic background, educational status, abilities, gender, and religion are treated with dignity and respect.
The Dialogues are poised to shift culture and attitudes so that everyone is able to regard others with empathy and compassion, people feel welcomed, and develop a sense of belonging.
Through the lens of the Real Communities Partnerships (RCP) Initiative, the Welcoming Community Dialogue seeks to build a movement where the culture shifts from one of hate, unfairness, and dehumanization to one of love and belonging where the principle of morality is practiced as the norm.
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Global Village Project
In celebration of a 10 year anniversary, and in an effort to further grow their program and build capacity among graduates, Global Village Project (GVP), a school for refugee girls in Clarkston, GA contacted Global Ubuntu to help them create and develop an Alumnae Advisory Council.
"The Alumnae Advisory Council (AAC) can create mutually beneficial partnerships between Global Village Project (GVP), its alumnae, leadership, and wider community of stakeholders and powerful connections to promote the mission and promise of GVP.”
We conducted a full day workshop to lay out the foundation of the Alumnae Advisory Council (including structure and governance) with ongoing mentoring available to develop leadership skills in AAC members.
Through facilitated dialogues and interactive group sessions, Global Ubuntu helped participants create a mission and vision statement, learn the importance of participatory decision making, consensus building, conflict management and restorative justice, as well as set expectations for AAC members, and GVP administration and staff.