• Core Values

    1. Careful Planning and Preparation

    2. Inclusion and Demographic Diversity

    3. Collaboration and Shared Purpose

    4. Openness and Learning

    5. Transparency and Trust

    6. Impact and Action

    7. Sustained Engagement and Participatory Culture

    8. Commitment to Civil Dialogue

  • Topical Teams

    1. Arts/Culture/Recreation
    2. Community/Civic Capacity
    3. Economy
    4. Education
    5. Environment
    6. Families & Youth
    7. Health
    8. Housing
    9. Physical Infrastructure
    10. Public Safety
    11. Transportation
    12. Faith

YCC and Community Engagement:

a perspective on what we have done and what we intend… 

 A small and mighty group met for our monthly meeting on July 7th.  Our focus was to review and enhance a draft strategic plan.  I’ll be taking the first stab at collecting our discussion into a draft planning document in the coming days / weeks.  Others will clean up my draft and we’ll get it out for everyone to take a look at.  Once done it will be posted on the website for review, and hopefully comments / suggestions.  And then…?

 One specific decision made by those present was to continue.  In that light, and in light of recent questions I have encountered about “what’s happening,” it feels to me like a good time to reflect on where we have come and what we really intend to accomplish. 

 It has been one year.  Last July a group met to begin building a structure to promote effective community engagement.  We hadn’t really developed a name, more a description of what this was all about.  Yavapai Community Collaboration emerged as we continued to meet and engage folks that connected with the fundamental notion of making our county a better place to live. – for everyone.

 The caveat of this post is that it is my perspective on what this is all about, and may not reflect the views of everyone participating.  One important part of my perspective is that it really began twenty-five years ago, when I first moved my family to Prescott to run Turning Point Youth Shelter, and engage the community…

 I won’t belabor the history of coalitions in Yavapai County in this post.  That story is available elsewhere if you’re really interested.  What I will say is that the Vision and Mission of Yavapai Community Collaboration reflects many evolving efforts to build community through coalitions of community benefit organizations and concerned citizens for decades.  What we have focused on is the importance of building deep relationships that truly creates a sense of community for those involved.  My emphasis has been the importance of the core priniciples, which also connects us with other international efforts to engage in true democracy.  Respect, dignity, and an openness to everyone are critical aspects of who we are.  How we are matters as much as what we do.  And civility is a part of how we are.

 Comments are welcome!

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