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TerraCorps

TerraCorps

TerraCorps works at the intersection of the land trust and urban agriculture movements to create a future where land is the foundation of health and well-being for ALL people in EVERY community.

TerraCorps is an AmeriCorps Program with members placed at sites throughout New England.


Sample Sites: https://terracorps.org/service-sites/



Pressure Points

TerraCorps places AmeriCorp

AmeriCorp members are placed in communities across New England that are urban, rural or suburban. Often, AmeriCorps members are not from or of the communities they serve. They are also the people in their organizations leading efforts in community engagement, and evaluating community assets or needs. They need equitable ways to engage communities they serve that uplift the voices of community leaders and help build sustainable relationships between community members and their organizations.


“This year, TerraCorps facilitated a Community Needs Assessment Learning Cohort for interested members, led by Angela Roell. With extensive experience in community-based projects, this team spent the last 6 months guiding some of my fellow TerraCorps members and I through conducting a Community Needs Assessment.
Through this process, Ang provided valuable mentoring and feedback as I have helped New Entry move forward with outreach in a new community. They have also provided guidance as I thought about how to build authentic relationships between New Entry and our surrounding community that will outlast my time here.”

- Marissa Patterson, TerraCorps


Scope

  • Designed and Facilitated 9 month Community Needs Assessment (CNA) training for TerraCorps Members via Google Classroom & Zoom.

  • Provide 1-on-1 coaching to TerraCorps Members in the (CNA) training

  • Evaluation of the program, data collection and analysis

  • Initiation of Webinar Program for ongoing Member learning


These were executed with the goal of making members more confident and competent when engaging with communities they serve.


The Fix

I helped members identify and implement equitable community engagement strategies. I helped members create a community engagement plan, implement the plan and aggregate data about their community projects.


Example

“I found going through the Community Needs Assessment process very beneficial,, the different perspectives were really beneficial for me. How to balance the power in a room when interviewing stakeholders, trying to get everyone’s voice. Especially not having a background in anything close to this the methods you gave us to conduct interviews, gather data, were very helpful.

-TerraCorps Member


Impact

There were many tangible impacts. The biggest of which being members were confident with initiating community engagements that centered the expertise of people living in the communities they serve.


Testimonial from Hanna Mogenson, Chief Program Officer:

"We have had the opportunity to engage with Angela through a variety of trainings. From workshops on diversity and inclusion, implicit bias, community engagement, and an extensive 10-month community needs assessment course, Angela has designed and delivered each training specific to our needs and goals. Their tailored workshops and trainings not only support our members in their pursuits of being life-long learners, but their continued professional development.

"Angela has shown amazing responsiveness, creativity, and willingness to engage and dive deep with our members.

"One of the most extensive trainings we have offered as a program was a 10-month Community Needs Assessment Course designed and led by Angela. Angela took a leap with us in creating this new comprehensive course and building it from the ground up. Angela was able to meet all of our questions and challenges with ideas and solutions. They worked with us to create an application process, contract, schedule, lessons, surveys, and more as tools in launching and running the course. Angela’s unwavering enthusiasm, encouragement, and willingness to go the extra mile to set up individual check-ins and find additional resources for members was incredible. We were so grateful to have had the chance to work with Angela and the co-facilitators they brought in as guest speakers through this course."


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Montague, MA

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