SF State’s Institute for Civic & Community Engagement (ICCE), in collaboration with the City Administrator’s Office of San Francisco, is looking for a student intern to work on the Empowered Communities Program (ECP), an initiative managed by the Neighborhood Empowerment Network (NEN) located at San Francisco’s City Hall. The selected students will be working specifically on the Empowered Communities Program - Marketing & Communications.The selected student will support key stakeholders in San Francisco neighborhoods as they increase their overall resilience at the neighborhood level, expand their organizing and leadership skills, and acquire knowledge and skills regarding community reinvestment. Their time will also be used to take on the marketing and communication role in the NEN office.
In 2007, an alliance of residents, neighborhood and merchant associations, nonprofits and faith based organizations, foundations and academic institutions was created around a simple mission, empowering the neighborhoods of San Francisco with the capacity to steward themselves to a resilient condition. The alliance assumed the name of the Neighborhood Empowerment Network (NEN) and over the last eight years it has leveraged the immense resources and expertise within its ranks to create a ground breaking suite of tools resources and methodologies to advance resilience at the community level with a bottom up grass roots approach. The NEN’s mission is to identify tools, resources, and strategic partnerships that will help increase San Francisco neighborhoods’ capacities to actively participate in both the day to day stewardship of their community, as well as be better prepared to survive, respond and recover from a natural disaster. More information on NEN can be found at www.empowersf.org
Empowered Communities Program & Resilient Bayview
The NEN has been piloting a program that supports communities as they work to achieve a pre-event condition that will allow them to perform at the highest level in times of stress. Entitled the Empowered Communities Program (ECP), the initiative is modeled after the core tenets of FEMA’s Whole Community Approach. The ECP is the primary program the NEN implements. The ECP works with key stakeholders in San Francisco’s neighborhoods to develop action plans to increase their overall resilience at the neighborhood level, expand their organizing and leadership skills, and acquire related knowledge and skills.
Part of this internship will consist of working with the NEN Director and Deputy Program Manager as they engage the eight ECP Communities. Over the course of the internship, the intern will be assigned a set of communities to help support. Responsibilities may include: creating meeting materials & exercises,attending community meetings, track meeting discussions, synthesize meeting exercise outputs, schedule and participate in organizational interviews, maintain internal databases about all activity conducted in communities, and anything else NEN staff may require within the scope of this program element.
One ECP community in particular the selected intern will be assigned to work with is the Resilient Bayview community. Part of the responsibilities for this community is to support them in their organizational assessments and reports as they build out their partnerships, and to help organize the Vulnerable Populations Summit in the late Fall.