Tips - Action

Young people’s involvement and leadership is central to creating sustainable community change. But many community groups run into problems when they try to engage young people in their work. Here, we lay out solutions to some of the most common issues.
Your community has a story to tell, and video could be the best way to tell it. Video can be more captivating than stills or text.  Check out this guide to help you get started on using video to tell your community's story.
Images help bring your story to life and you can use them on almost all your promotional materials. If your program is just getting started, you can use stock photos. If you have your own, you can edit them using free tools available online.
Animated media offers a break from text and stills. You can create a video from photos you took at an event, or you can use a video camera to take some action shots and interviews of participants. If you’re interested in putting together a video, these tools can help you.
A website or blog can help you spread the word about your dialogues, post pictures and stories from your events, and share your success with your community and potential funders. The task of setting up and maintaining a website can seem daunting, but these tools will have you reaching out to your community in no time.  
While you know volunteers can benefit your program, the task of recruiting them can seem challenging. No doubt, people view their time as a well-guarded, precious resource and it can be hard to give that up. Check out these ten strategies to help you get organized and let people know they're making a difference so you can recruit more volunteers.
The most successful community-planning efforts involve residents as partners, from the early planning stage through to implementation.
Social media can help support your program’s efforts, and it is possible to have an active community online. However, there are some common pitfalls you need to avoid in order to keep the discussion going.
Here are some examples of successful community social media efforts.  
After the action forums are over and the dust has settled, residents often ask, "What came out of those dialogues?" Here are some tips for spreading the word about your progress.
It's important to be aware of racial dynamics even in the action phase. Check out examples of racial dynamics to be aware of and tips for addressing them.
Staying connected with participants and community members can help maintain the momentum of your program and should be part of your communications plan. Explore six ways to share information, along with examples of how other dialogue to change programs are using these communication tools.
Using social media in community programs can be a low cost alternative to help recruit participants and spread the word about your success. Check out these tips to help you make the most of social media in your project.
Key elements such as leadership, administrative support, and resources can help turn action ideas into real change.    
An Action Oversight Group can help action teams stay motivated and coordinate the efforts at the end of the dialogue process. This structure and oversight can help ensure that the ideas and strategies turn into real change.
Collective action and change often begin after the round of dialogues, when participants pool their action ideas. Check out these tips to help you gather action ideas from the community.
Promoting team pride, hosting regular meetings with team leaders, and fostering a creative environment are some ways to build strong and engaged action team.
Engaging young people in community efforts can be easier said than done. Check out our list of ten common challenges, along with possible solutions you can implement right away.
Organizing a dialogue to change program isn't always easy, but you don't have to do it alone. Check out some of these free tools that can help you along the way.

Dialogue to Change

Our ultimate goal is to create positive community change that includes everyone, and our tools, advice, and resources foster that kind of change. Whether you’re grappling with a divisive community issue, or simply want to include residents’ voices in city government, Everyday Democracy's Dialogue to Change process, using a racial equity lens, can help.