The Center for Public and Nonprofit Management’s (CPNM) AmeriCorps VISTA project seeks to build capacity of local organizations to better meet the needs of homeless students in Central Florida. In writing about the project, CPNM Director Thomas Bryer and his co-authors defined a civically healthy community as one in which “participatory processes are inclusive and diverse and in which participants have the skills, tools and confidence to contribute meaningfully to the social, economic and intellectual strengthening of our communities.” (2013, p. 50)
To be inclusive, just and equitable requires attention to meeting the basic needs of all people in our communities. Professors and students with the CPNM have spent time examining food security, foster-youth educational achievement, and homeless student opportunities and barriers to opportunities, among other issues.
For more information, contact CPNM Director Deborah Carroll at email@example.com.