April Smith and Hendrik Beune of AHA MEDIA are very proud to attend SFU – Simon Fraser University’s Literacy Lives: Certificate for Community Capacity Building
Our Certificate in Community Capacity Building Skills for Strengthening community health is part of Literacy Lives: An Integrative Model for Applied Community-based Literacy in inner-city Environments
This pilot program is designed for learners who are passionate about creating positive community change in the area of HIV and community health. Learners will strengthen their essential skills and knowledge about community building while working with a cohort of other community members to choose, design, implement and evaluate a community project. The program’s design recognizes the strength and value of diverse learning styles and experiences, and places an emphasis on experiential and authentic learning opportunities.
Our curriculum for the program is made up of three core pieces:
- HIV and social determinants of health;
- literacy and essential skills; and
- the theory and practice of community capacity building.
Learning will happen within the context of community-based work: learners will identify, plan, implement and evaluate community projects that address key needs in their communities, and that capture something they feel passionate about.Within the Literacy Lives project, community projects will be focused on HIV and social determinants of health.
The Certificate in Community Capacity Building is a pilot program designed for learners who are passionate about creating positive community change in the area of HIV and community health
We are excited about the following during our University experience!
Learners in the program will:
Make a positive difference in their communities.
Learn more of the essential skills and tools needed to effect positive change.
Learn more about HIV and community health.
Learners who complete the 26-week program will earn a Certificate in Community Capacity Building and become an alumnus of Simon Fraser University.
Hendrik with our AMAZING instructor Jo!
In the next photo and video, Liz Evans of PHS speaks to our class on the history of PHS, and its community capacity building, peer training and skill building, housing, and activism with InSite in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES)
We gratefully thank Frank, our community coordinator and PHS for their support and encouragement while attending this excellent program at SFU!
PHS Community Services Society
PHS Community Services is a non-profit organization providing: transitional housing, supportive housing, 24-hour service, health services, complementary therapy, and harm reduction.
PHS’s mandate is to promote, develop and maintain supportive affordable housing for adult individuals who are hard to house and at risk of homelessness due to their physical and/or mental health, behaviour, substance dependencies, and forensic history.
Sid Tan of W2TV writes:
September 21, 2011 is a memorable day. A diverse gathering celebrated the official opening of W2 Media Cafe and the Concrete Park music and break dance sessions.
Many thanks for entertainment to The Hastings Set who provided the music and the Hip Hop and B-Boys breakdancers. Also many thanks to the W2 volunteers, board and staff.
Mayor Gregor Robertson cut the ribbon. Also in attendance were Councillors Ellen Woodsworth, Heather Deal and Andrea Reimer, developer Ian Gillespie and architect Gregory Henriqez. First Nation welcome by ethnobotanist/media artist Cease Wyss while Magnus Thyvold represented the W2 board while Irwin Oostindie was MC.
Below is a video by Sid Tan
Below are videos and photos from AHA MEDIA