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CNUS provides Community Engagement Training to NYC Dept. of Probation

In 2013, CNUS was contracted by the NYC Department of Probation (DOP) to provide

CNUS team at work on community engagement.

CNUS team at work on community engagement.

technical assistance in developing community engagement capacity for Neighborhood Opportunity Networks (NeON) – community-based DOP offices in Harlem, South Bronx, Brookyn, Queens and Staten Island.

NeON leadership hard at work during one of our Community Engagement TA sessions (@ Harlem NeON)

Harlem NeON probation leadership hard at work during one of our Community Engagement sessions

For 6 months, we worked with each of the six NeON’s leadership (Assistant Commissioners, Branch Chiefs, Supervising Probation Officers) on how to build capacity and develop innovative strategies for community engagement/participation, client engagement and development of NeON Community Stakeholder Groups.

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Staten Island NeON leadership explains their diagram on community engagement!

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Assistant Commissioners, Branch Chiefs, Supervising Probation Officers from all six NeONs came together over 6 months for Community Engagement training sessions with CNUS.

We designed four intensive day-long Information Exchange Sessions followed by on-site coaching sessions, all of which proved powerful, transformative and fun.

Bronx and Queens NeON probation officers in a role play on client engagement

Bronx and Queens NeON probation officers in a role play on client engagement

We will continue this important and exciting work with the NYC Department of Probation in 2014 with the NeON Community Stakeholder Groups, probation officers and youth on probation.

FAQ: What is a NeON?

Brooklyn NeON leadership at work! (Information Exchange Session 1)

Brooklyn NeON leadership at work! (Information Exchange Session 1)

“NeON stands for Neighborhood Opportunity Network, and is a community-based DOP office that works with a network of educators, local businesses, community organizations, government agencies, and community residents to link probation clients to local opportunities, resources and services.

The NeON redefines how and where DOP works with probation clients. The NeON focuses on: Networks – linking clients to organizations and individuals to expand their access to quality education, work and community engagement; Client Engagement – working with clients and their families in the neighborhoods where they live; and Community Engagement – working with the community to craft good solutions to complex problems by identifying and building on individual and community assets and strengths.” — NYC DOP

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Voice of America Story on South Bronx NeON

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