At 10:30 a.m. and I:30 p.m. Power in Communities, Parts 1 and 2
Stephen Jeanetta, University of Missouri-Columbia

How does a community-based organization affect local policy? How do people get their voices heard in ways that can affect future development in the community? Community groups and organizations often struggle to figure out how to exercise their power in ways that can influence development decisions in their community.

This program explores the relationships between participation, power, influence and authority by exploring the experiences of a neighborhood organization as it developed its capacity as an organization, developed an agenda, built relationships with community leaders, developed a base of power and used that power to create positive change in their neighborhood.

About our presenter . . . Stephen Jeanetta, University of Missouri-Columbia joined the MU Community Development Program faculty as State Extension Specialist for Community Development Process in December 1998 where he serves as coordinator for the Community Development Academy and provides leadership to programs in Organizational Development and Nonprofit Management, Community and Economic Planning and Building Inclusive Communities. Steve has worked as a community development specialist with the University of Missouri since December of 1992. His mix of experience includes two years in the rural area of Ste. Genevieve County, Missouri, and then four years in the urban areas of St. Louis County and the City of St. Louis before moving to campus.


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