Community Engagement is the intentional action of groups and individuals working together to create healthy environments that support the growth and education of children and youth.
Just as individuals go through a process to become proficient in a skill or to change a behavior, communities also experience stages of change. With that in mind, Alaska ICE has adopted a research-based Community Engagement Model to assist individuals and groups in creating and applying systematic efforts to build healthy communities. This model is an effective “road map” to help individuals, groups and communities move from awareness to sustainability in their local efforts to support young people.1
This model of change applies to individuals, organizations, communities and even statewide. Alaska ICE seeks to engage as many sectors as possible in a community when building healthy communities for children and youth (see below), and the strategies we use are targeted to move individuals and organizations along the continuum from awareness toward sustainability.
• Families • Schools • Faith communities • Early childhood educators • Youth • Tribal organizations • Civic organizations • Youth-serving organizations • Businesses • Health and social services providers • Artists and arts organizations • Individual community members
1 This model has its roots in the Transtheoretical Model, developed by James Prochaska and Carlo DiClemente.