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Community Engagement Pilot Project Report

Community Engagement Pilot Project Report

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One out of four adults in California is a high school dropout. Capital Public Radio’s documentary production unit spent five months looking at the crisis through the lives of four young people from the Central Valley, which has some of the highest dropout rates in California.
One out of four adults in California is a high school dropout. Capital Public Radio’s documentary production unit spent five months looking at the crisis through the lives of four young people from the Central Valley, which has some of the highest dropout rates in California.

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Community Engagement Pilot Project Preliminary Report
Prepared by jesikah maria ross December 6, 2013
 
 Page 2
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 ACKGROUND
 
 As part of Capital Public Radio’s multimedia documentary
Class Dismissed 
, the station and ten community partners in San Joaquin County worked together from May to November 2013 to create and share stories about high school dropout in California’s Central Valley. This 7-month long project was the first community engagement effort in conjunction with programming from CapRadio’s documentary series,
The View From  Here
. The project was led by community engagement specialist jesikah maria ross. To begin the project, an interdepartmental group of CapRadio staff generated a station- wide definition for community engagement:
Community engagement is working collaboratively to discover, understand and give voice to community needs, values, and aspirations.
Next, representatives from San Joaquin county agencies, schools, and community-based organizations participated in a series of stakeholder convenings to identify key issues and stories to inform the documentary. Finally, CapRadio staff and the ten community partners co-created and co-implemented a community engagement plan linked to
Class Dismissed 
. The partners include:
 
 Asian Pacific Self Development and Residential Association-APSARA
 
Building Futures Academy/Youth Build
 
Community Partnership for Families of San Joaquin
 
Fathers and Families of San Joaquin
 
Family Resource & Referral Center of San Joaquin County
 
Lao Family Community Empowerment
 
People & Congregations Together, San Joaquin County
 
Teen Impact Center
 
San Joaquin County Department of Education County Operated Schools & Programs
 
San Joaquin County Office of Probation
Community Engagement Project Goals
The goal of the community engagement plan was to work collaboratively to create and share stories about high school dropout in the Central Valley in order to:
 
Help Californians understand the root causes underlying the dropout crisis.
 
Raise awareness of the connection between health and educational attainment.
 
Deepen understanding of the connection between the dropout crisis and its impact on local communities.
 
Increase media representation of underserved or marginalized groups in San Joaquin County.
 
Support local dialogue and problem-solving on health, educational attainment and community well-being in San Joaquin County.
 
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Community Engagement Plan & Activities
The plan included the following activities:
 
Youth Voices Workshops
 
 A series of 
 
multimedia workshops involving San Joaquin County youth in creating and sharing stories about school dropout for the community media blog RView209.
 
 
Community Dialogues
 Public conversations to discuss the causes and impacts of school dropout using stories produced through the project.
 
 Documentary Preview Party
 
 A gala event, hosted at University of the Pacific,  bringing together project participants with producers, reporters and sources from the radio documentary to showcase media excerpts and share preliminary outcomes.
 
 Insight with Beth Ruyak
CapRadio’s daily talk show went on the road for the first time in a few years broadcasting live from UOP Stockton with a studio audience. The live show followed the premier broadcast of the radio documentary. Community partners assisted show producers in booking guests and three became guests on the show.
 
 
Cause Marketing
 Donors to the Fall Fund Drive were offered the option to direct part of their donation to local Friends of the Library groups to support activities that help promote educational attainment and community well-being. This report outlines preliminary results emerging from the community engagement pilot project in three arenas: Youth Outcomes, Community and Partner Outcomes, and CapRadio Organizational Outcomes.
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 Y 
OUTH
O
UTCOMES
 
In August 2013, the project engaged 97 youth in creating and sharing stories of youth dropout through the community media blog
 Rview209
 (http://rview209.tumblr.com/). 80 of these youth participated in the Youth Voices Multimedia Workshops; 55 of them (31 Female, 28 Male) attended at least two of the three sessions. 17 other youth participated through a class activity at Building Futures Academy. Collectively, the  youth produced and posted 89 stories. Participants represented more than ten different cultural communities including African American, Cambodian/Khmer, Caucasian, Cuban, Filipino, Hmong, Laotion, Latino, Mexican, and Samoan—groups underserved and underrepresented in both corporate and public media.
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This is an internal document designed to share provisional outcomes emerging for the project. It is written for CapRadio staff and community partners; consequently it does not describe project activities, participants, or methods in detail. Data collected during the course of this project can be made available to other groups of evaluators for the purpose of exploring the outcomes in more depth as well as demonstrate additional impacts.

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