Community Training-'So you want to build a community center'
The University of Idaho Extension led project to improve leadership and reduce poverty, the Idaho Horizons project, will be holding a one day training for Horizons communities on February 27th at St. Gertrude’s Monastery Spirit Center from 9:00a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for the North Central Idaho Horizons communities including; Cascade, Riggins, Grangeville, Cottonwood, Keuterville, Greencreek, Ferdinand, Kooskia, Stites, Pierce, Weippe, Kamiah and Orofino.
The Idaho Horizons training “So You Want to Build a Community Center?” is the next in a series of community trainings through the Northwest Area Foundation-funded partnership with University of Idaho Extension.
This training will help community members recognize opportunities and challenges for building a community center as well as how to plan, design, fund, and operate a community center.
As many know, the Quad Cities had two Interior Design students from the University of Idaho work on a Horizons team goal for their semester project. They began by attending the “Planting the Seeds of our Vision” rally and met with the Intergenerational Action Group. The team has a “more user-friendly” community center in Cottonwood as a goal. The students also met with the police chief and community coach to tour the existing community center, ask questions, and take wall and floor measurements. The result of their work is a series of architectural drawings that illustrate the potential for short-term and long-term change in the functionality of the community center. The intergenerational Action Group is very motivated to see that the visioning concepts for change become a reality.
Craig Smith, who is deputy director of Rural Development Initiatives out of Portland, Oregon, will lead the training. Craig has considerable experience and education in non-profit and business development, community organization, and fund acquisition.
The training is free and open to all members of Horizons communities, as well as other interested rural Idaho residents. Lunch will be provided to those attending the Cottonwood event.
More information about the Horizons program is available at http://extension.ag.uidaho.edu/horizons/training regional.htm
Those planning to attend are asked to contact Meri Joswiak, Horizons program assistant, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at (208) 885-8949.