Asset Based Community Youth and Development (ABCYD) Melbourne

Bank of Ideas

  • Asset Based Community Youth and Development
    November 16, 2018
    9:00 am - 4:00 pm

DATE:        16th November 2018
VENUE:    Karstens, 123 Queen Street, Melbourne, 3000, Victoria
TIMES:     9am – 4pm
COST:        $275 (incl. GST)

Ron Dwyer-Voss

This highly participatory and interactive workshop will focus on how to unleash youth leadership in and with a community – for now, not just the future.  We will look at Asset Based Community Development as both a youth leadership identification tool AND an approach youth can use to lead.  Proper support from adults is critical and we will learn how to use the Youth Power Ladder and what it means for adult supporters.  Participants will explore ways youth can be community leaders, learn tools to identify and engage leadership in young people, and examine techniques to create positive intergenerational partnerships.  Participants will also have an opportunity to work on their own scenarios and case studies.

Participants will:

* Discover new ways youth can be community leaders.
* Expand their vision of leadership.
* Learn how to identify and engage leadership in young people.
* Learn techniques for creating space for youth leaders to emerge in a community.
* Learn how to use the Youth Power Ladder to assess the potential for any given program to cultivate or suppress youth leadership potential.
*  Learn how to use a variety of intergenerational tools and techniques to create understanding between adults and young people in a community.

The workshop will be targeted at community workers, youth workers and other adult allies of youth leadership, but will be youth friendly.  We want to encourage any agency attending to bring a couple of young people (ages 15-25).  Also want to encourage community leaders, formal and informal, to attend.

About the Trainer: Ron Dwyer Voss

Ron Dwyer-Voss is currently the primary consultant and trainer at Pacific Community Solutions.  Ron founded Pacific Community Solutions in 2006 to support people, organisations, and agencies working to create positive social and economic change in their local communities. Pacific Community Solutions engages a variety of talented and engaging professional trainers and consultants when working on large projects, especially around youth leadership development, evaluation, and projects needing bilingual facilitators.

Ron is considered an international expert on community development, community engagement, and non-profit governance and management. A dynamic presenter and facilitator, he is a faculty member of the Asset-Based Community Development Institute at DePaul University. Ron trains, coaches, and consultants for NeighborWorks America and its many local affiliates and is a regular consultant to Habitat for Humanity International’s Neighborhood Revitalization program.

Ron began organizing social change in 1986 when he co-lead the Inter-Campus Sanctuary Network for Central American refugees and the successful South African divestment campaign at California Lutheran College.  Later he worked in Chicago as a community economic development and housing specialist and as a community organizer in the Pilsen and Austin/West Garfield neighborhoods. Ron was trained and mentored in the 1990s by Jody Kretzmann of the ABCD Institute.

Ron later worked with rural communities throughout the western United States through Rural Community Assistance Corporation.  There he led the design and implementation of the ground breaking California Agricultural Worker Health and Housing Program in collaboration with The California Endowment as well as dozens of local partners and farm-worker controlled organizations.  As Deputy Director of Sacramento Mutual Housing Association Ron led an effort to develop local leaders throughout Sacramento’s poorest communities, combining traditional community organizing with Asset Based Community Development approaches.

Ron has been a large congregation youth director, a youth camp program director, and designed and implemented youth leadership training for hundreds of young people in the USA, Mexico, Honduras and Hong Kong.

Presented by Bank of I.D.E.A.S
Phone:  (08) 6293 1848


DISCLAIMER: This event is being organised by the Bank of I.D.E.A.S. (and local partners). We will endeavour to make sure all the information relevant to this event is correct and up to day, however, details are subject to change and it is the responsibility of the participant to check the Bank of I.D.E.A.S. website for the most current information.
REFUND POLICY: 90% refund if cancellation is given in writing prior to the two weeks before the event. No refund given within two weeks of the event date, however tickets are transferable.


Karstens, 123 Queen Street, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000, Australia