Program description & course outline

Timeline at a glance

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Program Overview

Course One: Foundational Skills for Project Planning

The first course in the Certificate in Community Capacity Building will introduce you to some of the core concepts, contexts and tools of community capacity building that you will be able to draw on throughout the rest of the program and that you’ll need to plan your project.  In this course, you will practice essential skills applied in the following topics:

  • HIV, Community Capacity Building and Human Rights
  • Team building and Working With Others
  • Diversity and Anti-oppressive Practices
  • Basics of HIV and Social Determinants of Health
  • Local and Global Histories of HIV Community Building
  • Connections between Health and Literacy/Essential Skills
  • Asset mapping and Strengths-based Approaches
  • Group Agreements and Community Ethics
  • Interviewing Skills and Community-based Research

Course Two: Community-based Project Planning

This course is about making a detailed, realistic and solid project plan that you will use as a guide when you do your community project.  In this course, you will practice essential skills applied in the following topics:

  • Community Needs and Visions
  • Action Planning
  • Planning Ahead for Evaluation and Documenting Your Project
  • Project Budgeting
  • Project Proposal Writing

Course Three: Foundational Skills for Project Implementation

This course is focused on skills to move through common obstacles that come up during community projects so that you can meet your project goals.  In this course, you will practice essential skills applied the following topics:

  • Living Well with Negative Thinking, Procrastination and Fear
  • Being a Leader in Community
  • HIV, Harm Reduction and Social Determinants of Health
  • Creating Solidarity Within Diversity in Community
  • Creative Approaches to HIV Social Change

Course Four: Community-based Project Implementation

This is the course where you do your community project.  You will practice strategies for maintaining momentum and keeping organized.  In this course, you will practice essential skills applied in the following topics:

  • Walking the Talk: Doing Your Community Project
  • Documenting and Reflecting on the Process
  • Strategy Sessions
  • Project Specific Skills-building Workshops

Course Five: Evaluation of Community-Based Projects

In this course, you will learn and practice reflective and analytical tools for the evaluation of your project’s results, your learning process overall, and your experience of the program.  You will also learn how to plan for next steps and wrap up the process with integrity.  In this course, you will practice essential skills applied in the following topics:

  • Photo Voice Project—Evaluation as Telling the Story
  • Community Project Evaluation
  • Evaluating Your Learning
  • Reflecting on Your Experiences With the Program
  • HIV, Rights and Responsibilities
  • Creative Approaches to HIV Social Change

Course Six: Individual Learning

As learners, you will be taking a personal learning journey in pursuing your goals and deepening your own education, as well as making a difference in your community.  In this course, you will practice essential skills applied in the following topics:

  • Planning and Pursuing Learning Goals and Strategies
  • Individual reflection and response to course content
  • Planning for the Future