CIVIC ENGAGEMENT 2019-04-15T15:25:35+00:00

Project Description

CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

Sunrise Project takes an equity approach to designing projects and also informing local policy. Rather than deciding as staff what we think is best for the community, we reach out and listen to people of all backgrounds and ages and work with the community to design solutions that are truly meaningful and created by those most impacted.

Are you interested in being more involved in our community? Do you have issues you care about, but aren’t sure how to make a difference?

Sunrise Project is piloting a new leadership and community engagement program called Activate Your Voice! This 3-course program will focus on building leadership skills (using Kansas Leadership Center principles), discovering and exploring your passions, and learning about the many ways to be involved in the Lawrence and Douglas County community. Two 3-course sessions will be offered: Saturdays, June 8, 15 and 22 (10am-1pm) OR Mondays, July 15, 22 and 29 (6-9pm).

If you are interested in participating, please fill out THIS FORM. A limited number of individuals will be accepted into the program. Submitting the form does not guarantee participation. Women, POC and minorities are encouraged to apply. Individuals 16 years and up are welcome.

More details to come, but feel free to contact Emily if you have questions: info@sunriseprojectks.org.

A huge thanks to the Kansas Health Foundation for funding this new and exciting program!

IN ACTION

An example of this work is our partnership with Douglas County, the Health Department and Douglas County Food Policy Council. In 2016, the Food Policy Council set out to develop a stand-alone, 10-year Food System Plan for Douglas County. Rather than take only a traditional approach to gathering community feedback, the county wanted to experiment with an equity approach to reach more people and get meaningful feedback.

The Big Picture

Sunrise Project was subcontracted by the Health Department and County to hire 7 people from diverse backgrounds who we called Community Coordinators. These folks were trained on local food systems, local government participation and general leadership skills. They then had conversations with their own families, friends, coworkers, neighbors or other connections to gather stories about people’s experiences with food.

The feedback we heard about access or barriers to affordable, healthy and culturally appropriate food was incorporated into the adopted Food System Plan. Many of the stories were also drawn upon to help develop projects at Sunrise Project and will continue to inform our activities.

Sunrise Project is continuing a partnership with the Health Department over the coming year to continue employing several Community Coordinators who will work over the coming years on gathering stories about people’s barriers to health in general. The Coordinators will then help implement solutions that are identified by the communities most affected.