Community Asset Mapping PPT Presentation:
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People in communities have always come together to make decisions, educate, celebrate, work, sing, dance, tell stories, and to produce and share things of beauty while creating meaningful relationships. Schools are an important part of this “ecosystem of activity.” You completed the sociological observations interview and analysis in module 3. You will use asset mapping as a tool for analyzing community resources as sites that could benefit schools and the broader community. You will inventory the school/community’s civic capacity by gathering a variety of information about the surrounding community through document collection, observation, supplemental interviews, and site visits. You will then annotate this information according to the schools stated learning goals and create a “map” (similar to the one described below) of the school/community where you are completing your fieldwork.
As a part of the Community Asset Mapping presentation-CAM, you will present a “map” using the appropriate technology (i.e., PowerPoint) along with an in-depth analysis of how community activities intersect with the school’s vision, mission, and learning outcomes as well as how the school’s vision, mission, and learning outcomes interconnect with their local communities.
BACKGROUND: COMMUNITY ASSET MAPPING
Community Asset Mapping is generally used as a strategy for rebuilding devastated or “troubled” communities. The purpose of the strategy is to help individuals and groups begin to understand communities from an “asset-based” development perspective (Kretzman & McKnight, 1993). Kretzman and McKnight (1993) argue that needs driven community development strategies that focus exclusively on “fixing” problems and deficiencies are based on faulty assumptions about how communities are created and destroyed. They state, “for most Americans, the names “South Bronx,” or “South Central Los Angeles,” or even “Public Housing” call forth a rush of images. It is not surprising that these images are overwhelmingly negative. They are images of crime and violence, of joblessness and welfare dependency, of gangs and drugs and homelessness, of vacant and abandoned land and buildings. They are images of needy and problematic and deficient neighborhoods populated by needy and problematic and deficient people (p. 2).
These negative images feed a type of conceptual “map of needs” that if left unchallenged can lead to disturbing unintended consequences for the residences of those communities. Kretzman and McKnight continue, “the fact that the deficiency orientation represented by the needs map constitutes our only guide to lower income neighborhoods has devastating consequences for residents. We have already noted the most tragic – that is, residents themselves begin to accept that map as the only guide to the reality of their lives. They think of themselves and their neighborhoods as fundamentally deficient, victims incapable of taking charge of their lives and of their community’s future. But other consequences flow as well from the power of the needs map. For example,
Viewing a community as a nearly endless list of problems and needs leads directly to the much lamented fragmentation of efforts to provide solutions;
Targeting resources based on the needs map directs funding not to residents but to service providers;
Making resources available on the basis of the needs map can have negative effects on the nature of local community leadership;
Providing resources on the basis of the needs map underlines the perception that only outside experts can provide real help;
Reliance on the needs map as the exclusive guide to resource gathering virtually ensures the inevitable deepening of the cycle of dependence and will ensure a maintenance of survival strategy targeted at isolated individual clients, not a plan that can involve the energies of an entire community” (p. 4-5)
Viewing communities as compartmentalized constellations of needs and deficiencies rarely leads to serious change, community development, or the active engagement of residents in the local institutions, like schools. Kretzman and McKnight (1993) argue that this orientation is one of the major causes of the sense of hopelessness that pervades discussions about low income neighborhoods and their concomitant cultures and institutions and therefore must be challenged and changed. The following graphic depicts how perceiving communities through the lenses of deficiencies looks in terms of community development initiatives.
There are attachments below and one of them is an example of a perceptual, emotional and cognitive “map” considered through the lens of deficiency, CAM Needs Map.
On the other hand, Community Asset Mapping is an alternative perceptual model that challenges taken for granted notions generated by viewing urban, low income or “troubled” communities as needy and dysfunctional. Kretzman and McKnight (1993) posit that each community boasts a unique combination of assets which can and should be drawn on in the regeneration process. Shifting emphasis away from needs based thinking, Kretzman and McKnight put forth a “new map” (see below) in an attempt to help communities realize and begin to assemble its “strengths into new combinations, new structures of opportunity, new sources of income and control, and new possibilities for production” (p. 6).
CAM PPT PRESENTATIONS
You will present your CAM at a scheduled time in the December webinars. After your presentation, please submit your ppt to this dropbox for credit. PPT presentation should be no longer than 10 minutes with a total of 10 slides. Your presentation can be a combination of graphs, charts and text. This assignment is worth 100 points. Please review the CAM presentation rubric attached below for the points break down.
*content area is High School English
*observations within Valley Central High School
*New York Public Schools
*Please write out an outline for the presentation on what needs to be said when presenting it.
*Please follow exact guidlines
*Any questions please message me ASAP
*Attaching past papers for the class in case references to them are needed.
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