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“We know that you’ve been tracking with some of Tamarack’s Community Engagement work, and we wanted to share a few new resources that we think will be helpful in your work.

Lisa Attygalle, our Director of Community Engagement, recently published Understanding Community-Led Approaches to Community Change. This paper explores the recent focus on community-led efforts, and the problem that arises when we use that term without properly defining it. By examining a variety of community-led approaches, Lisa helps illustrate the why and how of making sure that our engagements empower community leadership.

If you want to learn more from Lisa, we invite you to check out our new online course – Foundations of Community Engagement. This self-directed course allows you to follow along with pre-recorded videos, new resources and tools, and a course workbook as you build a foundation of knowledge and practice for your community engagement work.

You’ll dig into the role of community, who should be engaged, community engagement techniques, how to overcome challenges, and how to evaluate your engagement activities.

Foundations of Community Engagement allows you to learn at your own pace as you work through the course materials, and provides opportunities to join Lisa for monthly small-group coaching sessions for more personalized feedback.

This course is a great resource for anyone looking to build their Community Engagement toolkit.

We’re also excited to host a new webinar on Youth in the Virtual Workforce. With fewer physical job opportunities for youth, there is an opportunity for employers to tap into the virtual workforce. As such, the Canadian Council for Youth Prosperity has partnered with Tamarack Institute to produce Virtual Work is Here: A Guide for Youth. This guide was developed to provide resources for youth, aged 15-29, who are interested in exploring virtual work and to provide a different perspective to those who are currently working virtually.

Join us to learn more about why the virtual workforce will be an important space for youth. We will also explore this new guide and how young people are using it.

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