As part of Capital Public Radio’s multimedia documentary
, 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
. 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.