Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) has been proven to be a “passion-based” program that convenes community leaders and volunteers with the goal to develop a visionary road map around what they are passionate about specifically towards their community. The strength of their passions will drive the success of the outcomes. The workshop trains members of the community in a one-day workshop how to collaborate, improve communication, and combine their efforts toward common community goals.
Activities will consist of presentations, breakout sessions, group sharing, and networking will take place during the day to develop short-term and long-term community road maps as the takeaway.
In addition a follow-up session will be held with the same speaker and attendees three to six months after this workshop, to report on successes, challenges, opportunities, and any new ideas.
The ABCD workshop event hopes to provide a forum, all in one place at one time, for everyone to learn the same community model that will be used to guide community development efforts.
If you have a vision for Questa or perhaps a passion for a business or even an idea of starting your own non-profit we hope you attend this event. All ideas for the Questa area are encouraged to be shared here. Perhaps you are already involved in something that you believe betters Questa. We can all benefit by attending this Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) Training!
ABCD Facilitator, Ruben Medina,
of Aurora, Colorado, is a faculty member of the ABCD Institute of DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. He has led many workshops and trainings across the US as well as in Nairobi, Kenya where he helped community members launch an NGO and then a foundation.
At the age of 20, Ruben started the Huerfano Ambulance Service in his hometown of Walsenburg, Colorado. He became a fireman and joined search and rescue teams. He started teaching first aid to school children and taught youth from grades K-12. He also helped establish the QRT (Quick Response Teams) for surrounding towns. He rallied community support to help get the first recreation center built in North Aurora, a 7-year, $20 million venture.
Ruben has worked to connect law enforcement with community initiatives, especially the Immigrant and refugee communities, creating a community mural. He helped start the non-profit Colorado Change Agents and sits on numerous boards. He helped start the Rocky Mountain Employee Ownership Center, helping cooperatives and employee-owned businesses grow. Ruben is currently an Aurora, Colorado City Councilman for Ward 3.