What are Community Conversations?

WMHT's Community Conversations are localized, small-group discussions where participants identify what they want for their community, what needs to change to reach those goals, and the challenges they face in moving change forward. WMHT’s role as co-facilitator is to assist with developing opportunities for this type of dialogue to occur and to better serve our evolving communities by informing our work with the diverse viewpoints, aspirations, and challenges that are shared.
For more information about community conversations, contact the WMHT Education Department or call (518) 880-3400.

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Meet the organizations and individuals from around our region who have shared their aspirations for their communities.

Community Conversations

Frontline Student Support Professionals working in Albany

Community:
Frontline Student Support Professionals working in Albany   
  
Community Conversation co-facilitator: 
Richard Smith, M.A. - Click here for Richard Smith's Biography   

About the community:
Participants in the conversation are student support professionals engaged in the direct provision of services and/or administration of support programs for at-risk youth.

Sample of programs represented by participants: 
 Albany Gang Prevention Program
 Girls Incorporated of the Greater Capital Region
• Liberty Partnerships Rising Stars Program, University at Albany
• MODEL, Inc.
 Too Deep Entertainment
• Albany County Juvenile Community Accountability Board (JCAB)

Themes from the conversation:

• Create meaningful work experiences for youth
• Educate more individuals to become involved with kids, more role models, less role players
• Improve quality of life for students by fostering and teaching skills in self-sufficiency, empowering them to take ownership of their future
• Accept responsibility over the problems and opportunities we have and be more accountable to our communities
• Go “outside the box” to support youth instead of implementing outdated interventions

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