Community Connections

A Template for Session 5: Understanding our Community Heritage as a Foundation for our Future

Introduction to Session 5

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This template can be used as a guide for session 5 using Community Connections activities and worksheets.  This template is based on a three hour meeting. Everyone attending should have a copy of, or be aware of, the ESI (EntrepreneurShip Investigation) Curriculum. Change the times as needed for your Community Connections project... 

6:00 pm to 6:15 pm Report in on Action Item assigned in Session 4 - ESI Unit 3, Chapter 2 "Uncovering your Business Ideas", exercises on Pages 2.2 and 2.3 substituting the business ideas from Session 4 for those provided in Activity 1. Part B
6:15 pm to 7:15 pm

Review the History of the Community - Speaker from the Local Historical Society- ask that they bring along photos of the community and main street during the following times:

  • Early Days of the Community (100+ years ago) around the turn of the century
  • Middle of the 20th Century (50-60 years ago) 1950-1970

Refer to ESI Unit 1 Chapter 8 for Questions for the Historian and Participants

7:15 pm to 7:30 pm Break
7:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Our Community Today - Community Value Exercise - "Appreciating our Community and It's Values"   (Instructional PDF available - Click here). 

  1. Good Things About our Community
  2. What I Value About our Community

Supplies needed:   Magic Markers, flip chart paper

8:00 pm to 8:45 pm

SPOT Exercise  (Instructional PDF available - Click here)

  1. Strengths
  2. Problems
  3. Opportunities
  4. Threats

Supplies Needed:  Individual Worksheets, Magic Markers, Flip Chart Paper

8:45 pm to 9:00 pm Action Items for next session

The challenge will be connecting the young person who wants to
stay in the community with business transition opportunities.
Craig Schroeder video

Action Items:

All participating read ESI Unit 1, Chapter 8 "What's Changed", and complete Activity 2.

Read ESI Unit 3, Chapter 13 "At the Scene", complete Activity 1.  Be prepared to "report what you learned" as part of the opener for Session 6.

Photo Voice* Project - Each participant should photograph scenes from their local community - these can be store fronts, signs, landmarks etc.    Each participant should select at least one photo for each category that would indicate a Strength, Problem, Opportunity or Threat as per the SPOT analysis above.  Create a power point presentation or a poster using the selected photos. Include a narrative for each photo. Be prepared to show and discuss your photo voice activity as the opener for Session 6. 

*PhotoVoice is a participatory action research strategy that provides participants the opportunity to convey insight into their everyday lives through photographs and narratives. This multi-step process combines photography, storytelling, individual and group processing and develops awareness of personal and community issues. 


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