The Challenges of Place, Capacity, and Systems Change: The Story of Yes we can!

This paper describes the work done to promote resident engagement in distressed neighborhoods in the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s hometown of Battle Creek, Michigan. Through a CCI known as Yes we can!, several strategies specifically designed to promote more engaged and powerful residents, were implemented. This paper describes what was learned about how issues of place, organizing strategy, and who you actually engage in the work can significantly influence the overall success of resident engagement efforts.

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