Network Learning: 2023

The North Sound Collaborative Action Network presents a learning and advocacy interactive webinar series for 2023. Each month, we will host a presentation with local and national experts and interactive breakout rooms on topics grounded in equity and vital conditions for our work in the North Sound. Our working groups in the Network will be alternating our topics each month and bringing you rich discussion and challenging ideas.

November: Principles of Community Engagement

Here is the bit for the session: On November 15, 2023, our Network gathered to learn about Principles of Community Engagement with Milenko Matanovič. A training program for facilitators based on decades of experience planning, convening, and advising community collaboration projects. Don’t miss a day of exploring the possibilities of facilitation and community engagement in our individual work!

September: Network Learning Session: Incarcerated and Justice Involved Equitable Solutions

On September 20, 2023, our Network gained deeper insights into the different frameworks in the criminal legal system, such as Restorative Justice and Transformative Justice. Our panelists, Kristina Jorgensen and Kimonti Carter from Participatory Justice, and Alex Sanchez and Chris Hoke from Underground Ministries, discussed their community engagement efforts with individuals involved in various stages of the criminal legal system, and systemic efforts to visualize and create change.

July: Community Health Workers: Promoting Health and Strengthening Communities

On July 19, we broke down what and who Community Health Workers are! Discover their vital role and impact, explore engagement opportunities, address barriers they face, and envision the next generation of community-centered, equity-oriented work. Don’t miss this insightful discussion to shape a healthier, more inclusive future! Our panel featured Michelle Di Miscio from the WA Department of Health, Katherine Romero from NorthWest Regional Council, and Daniela Pereira from Orcas Community Center.

May: Elevating community voices in advocacy - Lessons from youth leaders

On May 17, 2023, North Sound ACH, joined by partners and community members, gathered for part two of our advocacy series focusing on how we can learn from and better partner with youth leaders. In this session, we learned how to demonstrate positive youth-adult partnerships, shared ideas about how to engage and collaborate with youth, and discussed how the youth perspective and voice can be part of a broader equity/justice approach. We were honored to share the space with local young advocacy leaders from Burlington Schools, the YMCA of Snohomish County, and Children of the Setting Sun Productions.

March: Getting Started with Legislative Advocacy

On March 29, 2023, North Sound ACH and our partners and community joined a virtual learning session focused on state legislative advocacy. In this session, we heard from advocacy leaders at the Nonprofit Association of Washington, as well as a panel of speakers from Network partner organizations. Tiffany Brace of the Nonprofit Association of Washington; Liz Jennings, Community Action of Skagit County; Kati Ortiz, Skagit Valley College/Board Member, Community Action of Skagit County; Barbara Schultheiss, Lopez Island Family Resource Center; and Michelle Frye, Homage Senior Services.

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