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Proposal

Meeting Facilitators - Empower Eau Claire Participatory Budgeting

30 hours


Community partner: City of Eau Claire
Supervisor: Billie Hufford
Beginning date:
2021-10-18
Ending Date:
2022-05-31

Service-Learning Proposal Description

1.

Briefly describe the project and the community need to be addressed.

Answer Help provide facilitation at Empower Eau Claire events. You will serve as a neutral party working with the public, City staff, and the program Steering Committee to help the project development process run smoothly. Empower Eau Claire is a democratic process in which residents provide project ideas and vote on the best projects that serve the community. Residents are able to directly decide on how to spend $300,000 of the City's budget under this participatory budgeting program, the first of its kind in Wisconsin.

2.

What is the mission of the agency or organization?

Answer It is our mission to assure the common good through services essential for a safe, sustainable, engaged and healthy community.

3.

What skills are required for this project? 

Answer Good listener, lead group discussions, manage group dynamics, letting all have a voice, willing to learn and teach

4.

What are the objectives for the student learning and service?

Answer Students volunteering will gain valuable experience facilitating public meetings, insight into the importance of public participation in local government decision making. The student will also gain an understanding of the City's budgeting process.

5.

What are the availability requirements for the student?

Answer 15-30 total hours helping to facilitate meetings. Dates and times to be determined. Training will occur in late October. Training dates and times will be determined based on volunteer availability.

6.

Additional information (not required).

Answer More information about Empower Eau Claire and participatory budgeting can be found at https://www.eauclairewi.gov/empower