Community Outreach

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BSCO’s Community Outreach Component seeks to convene all the stakeholders in the community to accomplish BSCO’s vision of communities becoming self-sufficient livable communities for individuals, families and organizations. BSCO accomplishes this goal through the use of evidence based practices to do community asset mapping and planning, collaborating in neighborhood networks, and implementing large-scale projects that contribute to the well-being of the community.  Community Outreach serves 3,105 residents a year and collaborates with 41 partner organizations as well as local businesses, political officials, and other stakeholders.

Communities that Care (CTC): CTC is an evidenced-based approach to working within communities that empowers the community to be part of the change.  CTC is implemented in five sequential phases: Assessing community readiness to implement CTC; Organizing and training community leaders, including identification and development of a community board; Assessing community levels of risk and protective factors, and current health and behavior outcomes.  This includes a comprehensive assessment of current programs aimed at addressing youth and community violence and promoting youth positive behaviors in the targeted community; Creating a community action plan through selection of evidence-based programs that best fit the targeted community; and Implementation and evaluation of chosen programs.

Greater Bronzeville Neighborhood Network: A collective effort in Bronzeville that organizes community organizations, local businesses, residents, foundations, and elected officials to work together in identifying issues in the community and creating a solution.  The Network has been created to focus on the 5 pillars of BSCO’s TURN Model: Advocacy; Counseling; Mentoring; Parenting; and Workforce Development. 

Be the Healing: A year-long community inititave that trains a cross-sector of the community about racism, mental health, and healing to help build capacity for sustainable change. Participants are encouraged to learn, act, and reflect together with their new understanding from the various trainings in hopes of "repairing the village" as indicated by Dr. DeGruy. By addressing this as a collective, participants will be more successful with decreasing risk factors and increasing protective factors within education, employment, general health, family structures, and community networks.