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Posted Sept. 4, 2015
Announcing the Pittsfield Listens Family & Community Engagement Working Group!
Pittsfield Listens Family & Community Engagement Working Group
Our focus- to support student achievement and school improvement through a thriving family-school partnership. Members: Teresa Jackson, Laura Isabelle, Emmanuel Ham-Ying, Diana Levesque (Team Leader), Jennifer Cheney (Team Leader). Not pictured: Nathaniel Jackson, Kristin Lewis, and Michelle Hill. We are beginning by building a base for our work together, and soon to enter our research phase to learn more about the experiences of parents, families and community members of Pittsfield (that's you!) and the Dual Capacity-Building Framework as a way to strengthen the family-school partnership. Stay tuned for updates throughout our progress in the months to come!
Posted July 21, 2015
Now Accepting Application for the Family & Community Engagement Working Group
Pittsfield Listens is working in collaboration with the Pittsfield School District (PSD) to increase students success through a thriving Family-School Partnership, with the hope of strengthening this partnership through use of the Dual Capacity-Building Framework (DCF). Pittsfield Listens will coordinate a Family and Community Engagement Working Group comprised of parents, family, youth, and teachers/staff to research DCF, develop an implementation plan, and outreach to district and community stakeholders with the goal of building understanding of DCF in the PSD and wider community.
TEAM LEADER CORE TEAM LEADER
Goal: 2 Adults Goal: 5 Adults, 1-2 Youth
10-12 hours / month 5-6 hours / month
$ 1000 total $ 500 total
What is A Dual Capacity-Building Framework (DCF) for Family/School Partnerships?
The DCF lays out a process to guide school and district staff to engage parents and families and to help parents and families work successfully with the schools to increase student achievement. Among many outcomes: staff who can honor and recognize the wealth of knowledge that families possess, which can in turn assist schools with their educational work and families that can negotiate multiple roles, as supporters, monitors, advocates, and decision makers for their children.
Posted July 17, 2015
Pittsfield Listens is Hiring
We are hiring a part-time Assistant Director/Organizer (AD). The AD will be responsible for working with the Pittsfield Listens Director in the capacity building and organizing efforts of Pittsfield Listens. The AD will also coordinate communications and outreach across multiple messaging platforms--including print, web, social media and events--in order to communicate with each of PL’s audiences. The AD will have the opportunity to work with a new organization and be part of exciting community change efforts, and will develop community organizing, nonprofit management, event coordinating, and communications/marketing skills in the process. See the full job description here.
Posted June 15, 2015
Pittsfield Listens Youth Leadership Team: Now Accepting Applications
For the Fall 2015-Spring 2016 session of the Youth Organizing Action Committee (Y.O.A.C.- name subject to change) with Pittsfield Listens (PL), we are building on our previous year’s work to form a Leadership Team comprised of youth leaders interested and/or active in youth-driven change in the Pittsfield community and its schools.
Our goal is to have 10 youth leaders co-leading the planning, re-design, and implementation of the Y.O.A.C.
Youth who have participated with Pittsfield Listens or Pittsfield Youth Workshop, as well as those who have not participated before, are encouraged to apply.
We will prioritize youth who are enrolled in grades 9-12 at the Pittsfield Middle High School or who live in Pittsfield for the 2015 – 2016 school year.
We strive for the makeup of the team to represent diverse perspectives and experiences. We will consider the following diversity criteria when making final decisions for Youth Planning Team membership: academic and extracurricular interests, leadership in the community and/or school, gender identity, age, grade, class, and race.
There will be a small stipend for all youth participants to compensate them for their time spent on the project. We are offering tiered involvement opportunities each semester (Team Leaders and Core Members) for interested youth who have different levels of time to commit in the 2015-2016 school year. Please see Youth Leadership Team Information and the Youth Leadership Application to understand the options for youth leadership and involvement.
Applications for 2015 Team Leaders are due:
WEDNESDAY JUNE 24, 2015 AT 5:00 PM to info (at) pittsfieldlistens.org
Applications for 2015 Core Members are due at a later date in September
Posted April 3, 2015
When Opportunity Stops Knocking
NH's Kids and the American Dream
Thursday May 7 at the Pittsfield Community Center- 75 Main Street
5:30 Doors Open, 6-9 pm Roundtable Discussions
Join us for a statewide conversation to share ideas with neighbors, hear the latest research, and inform the presidential primary campaigns about the increasing barriers our state’s children face in achieving their dreams.
This May, NH Listens is hosting twelve local conversations across the state- including in Pittsfield- that will engage residents in an important conversation about the growing opportunity gap and its effect on the next generation.
Refreshments Provided. Childcare available upon request.
Co-hosted by NH Listens and Pittsfield Listens. For more information and to register, visit nhlistens.org/when-opportunity-stops-knocking
Pittsfield Meet the Candidates Night
Posted March 12, 2015
On March 2nd, Pittsfield Listens and the Greater Pittsfield Chamber of Commerce hosted a community conversation with candidates running for local office. In total, fourteen candidates running for various positions were in attendance (Nicholas Hayes, Denis Beaudoin, Clayton Wood, Daren Nielsen, Daniel Greene, Roland Carter, Pat Heffernan, Dan Schroth, Harry Vogt, Erica Anthony, Gary Mullen, Jeffery Swain; including two write-in candidates- Linda Freese and Art Morse). Four candidates were unable to attend (Cara Marston, Paul Metcalf, Bill Miskoe, William Tahnk ). Pittsfield Listens facilitators supported small group discussions at five separate roundtables. For the second year in a row, the Pittsfield Listens Youth Organizing & Action Committee (Y.O.A.C.) hosted a youth voice table reserved for students of Pittsfield. Approximately 60-70 members of the community participated. In addition to the opportunities for community members to ask questions directly of the candidates at roundtables, everyone shared their ideas on the question: What are the critical issues you think are a priority for our next elected leaders?
See the summary of themes here.
Also, check out the photos from the evening here and the Article in the Concord Monitor from March 2: "In Pittsfield, Candidates' Night is at roundtables, not podiums"
Congratulations to our newly trained facilitators!
Posted February 25, 2015
Pittsfield community members joined for a day of practice and skill building at the Facilitating for Public Engagement Training on Monday February 23rd, hosted by Pittsfield Listens and NH Listens. Thank you to everyone who participated! We appreciate your energy and interest, and look forward to having you as part of our facilitator network.
Pittsfield Listens stands for roundtables, not podiums. We seek to bring people together for productive conversations that lead to informed community solutions. The process we use for community dialogues offers a way for everyone's unique perspective and experience to contribute to decisions and changes that affect the Pittsfield community. Visit What we Do on our website to learn more.
Posted February 2, 2015
Join to meet and ask questions of candidates for local office, and share your priorities for Pittsfield.
Community voice- All participants are invited to join in small groups (8 to 12) for the opportunity talk about what matters most to you for the Pittsfield community.
Engage with candidates for local office- As the candidates rotate among the participant groups, they interact directly with all participants over the course of the event. In this way, voters have a chance to hear all candidates respond to their questions and measure the candidates on their own standards.
Youth Voice- Middle and high school aged youth are welcome to join the youth only table, sponsored by the Youth Organizing & Action Committee (Y.O.A.C.).
Chilcare available upon request. For more information or to RSVP, contact Molly at molly (at) pittsfieldlistens.org or 603.312.6980.
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The Greater Chamber of Commerce and Pittsfield Listens are non-partisan and do not endorse any individual candidate.
Posted January 29, 2015
Monday February 23rd from 9:30 am- 4:30 pm
at the Pittsfield Middle High School Media Center
This daylong workshop is designed to give participants an understanding of the critical role of facilitators in the broad spectrum of public engagement work. We spend time locating the work in local and statewide projects, walking through a typical “talk to action” process, and emphasizing the principles that guide our work. Prior facilitation experience is helpful but not necessary. Dress is casual and meals, refreshments, and training materials will be provided. Childcare available upon request. Free for Pittsfield community members- including Pittsfield residents, PMHS students, and people who work in Pittsfield. $40 fee for non-Pittsfield community members.
Space is limited. Pre-registration required. Contact Molly for more information 603-312-6980 or molly (at) pittsfieldlistens.org
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Pittsfield Community Impact Awards 2014
Posted December 15th, 2014
Congratulations to all the nominees and awardees of the 3rd Annual Pittsfield Community Impact Awards, hosted by Pittsfield Listens! It was a packed house for Awards Night at The Scenic Theater on the snowy evening of Thursday December 11th. From the beautiful stage decked for the holidays and being joined by the 2012 or 2013 Community Impact Awardees to help present the awards to this years recipients, it was a very special celebration of the Pittsfield community. The festivities continued with food and friends for a post-ceremony celebration at Jitters Café. Thank you to everyone who joined to celebrate the incredible people and many efforts that are having a positive impact on the Pittsfield Community! Read more here
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