The Woodbury Citizens’ Academy is an eight-week program that engages citizens in their community through knowledge and volunteerism. Sponsored by the Woodbury Community Foundation, the City of Woodbury and the Woodbury Lions Club.
The 2017 Citizens’ Academy begins on February 9th and will conclude on March 30th.
Registration for the 2017 program is currently open and we are accepting inquiries for participation. For more information, send an e-mail to Claudia Millington, Citizens’ Academy volunteer program chair, at email@example.com.
The program is free and registration is accepted on a first come, first served basis. Priority is given to those who live or work in Woodbury. We are encouraging participants to get involved philanthropically by making a voluntary gift of $50 to help offset the cost of the program.
The Citizens’ Academy develops future leaders who are so important to assuring a strong, robust Woodbury well into the future. It expands the knowledge of our citizens in a way that encourages more involvement in our community. Planned by a team of community members, each weekly session is focused on a different topic, including:
Each session provides front line exposure to how local public, private and nonprofit sectors work in their respective areas, as well as how, in unison, they make Woodbury an exceptional place to live and work.
Graduates of the Citizens Academy come away with greater community engagement, inspired volunteerism, and encouragement of philanthropy throughout our city.
Through 2016, more than 160 people have Graduated from the Academy.
2016 Graduating Class
2015 Graduating Class
2014 Graduating Class
2013 Graduating Class
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This program is a 8-week service learning, leadership development and entrepreneurial program designed to give students in grades 11 and 12 opportunities to develop critical skills necessary for increased community engagement, acquire real world skills to succeed in the business environment, and explore entrepreneurship in the 21st century.
The learning component will be paired with a 20 to 40 hour service-learning opportunity in one of three areas: nonprofit/social service; business; entrepreneurship. Teens successfully completing the program can earn a $250 honorarium.
Throughout the program, teens will be exposed to three main themes:
Youth Social Entrepreneurship
Youth Social Entrepreneurship (YSE) integrates practices of positive youth development with community engagement and social entrepreneurship to enable mutual transformation of economies, neighborhoods, and individuals.
Community Engagement is the process of building relationships with community organizations and working with those organizations side-by-side in any and every way imaginable, building connections and developing an interest in their mission, with the end goal of helping making the community a better place to live.
Life Skill Development
Life skills are a comprehensive set of universal skills and abilities, connecting behavior, attitudes, and knowledge, which teens can develop and retain throughout their lives. Life skills increase young people’s well-being and help them to develop into active and productive members of their communities.
Give us a call for more information or if you have questions about registration.
Woodbury Community Foundation | 10040 City Walk Drive | Woodbury, MN 55129 | (651) 788-6586
Visit us on the web at www.woodburyfoundation.org
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What is the Woodbury Community Foundation?
The Woodbury Community Foundation helps neighboring Woodbury organizations fulfill their mission of providing life-changing opportunities for economically stressed residents. We build smart collaborations, provide key research to guide intervention, and create networks of donors and volunteers to support the needs of Woodbury residents. We are working toward “well-being for all…for Woodbury.”
Our mission is to strengthen our community by connecting people and organizations with causes that matter.
Our vision is to ensure our community is a premier and caring place to live, work, and play.
Our Greatest Inspiration
The inspired determination of our board members, donors, volunteers, and partners–working through innovative collaborations–fuels our goal, the well-being of all residents of Woodbury.
The Foundation promotes philanthropy by connecting donors to their personal passions while raising funds for short- and long-term strategic reinvestment through grants and allocations to meet the demonstrated needs of the community.
The Foundation helps to develop networks of engaged leaders while trying to increase awareness of and engagement in volunteer and leadership opportunities in Woodbury’s service organizations by its diverse and growing community.
Supporting One Another
The Foundation strives to encourage respect, dignity, and inclusiveness for all Woodbury residents by increasing awareness of community needs and encouraging residents to get involved in their neighborhoods and other community organizations to connect those in need to the services they require.
Enhance Effectiveness of Organizations
The Foundation inspires innovative collaborations for new programs, services, and initiatives while trying become the ‘go-to’ resource for service organizations and those trying to create impact in Woodbury. We also are developing a communications network between organizations in hopes of creating natural connections where the sharing of resources can lead to more efficient and effective program development.
Identify Tomorrow’s Needs Today
The Foundation listens to our community’s organizations and our donors so that we can understand future Issues that will Impact Woodbury. We guide donors and organizations by use data to inspire giving and the development of new programs and services while promoting innovative solutions.
The results of a 2009 Community Needs Survey became the driving force behind the Woodbury Community Foundation for many years. We focused on four key areas: YOUTH, JOBS, HOUSING, and FOOD. In 2014, the Foundation launched a new initiative, Woodbury THRIVES, focused on creating a culture of health in Woodbury by focusing on community health and wellness initiatives.
With these initiatives in mind, we provided opportunities to local organizations and individuals for them to invest directly in multi-dimensional human-service issues that were of greatest concern and were growing challenges to the future of our city:
The Woodbury Community Foundation fosters collaborative thinking, which builds our community and serves our citizens.