Redefining the Mainstream: Local Government, Inclusive Communities

The Second National Conference on Reconciliation, Multiculturalism, Immigration and Human Rights


Julian Silverman
Coordinator, diploma of community services, RMIT University
Mark Danials
City of Yarra

A Community Leadership Training Program Model in the City of Yarra

The City of Yarra and RMIT are developing in partnership an innovative training program to enhance leadership capacities of public housing tenants.
This innovative program will draw on the work of activist - educationalists such as Freire, Gramsci and Alinsky to enable marginalised community members. This initiative will counter the Yarra public housing community's lack of access to service providers and the loss of funding for Public Housing Tenants Associations, which has deprived residents of an influential voice.
This workshop will explore how project driven and games based learning processes can be used to provide community leader trainees with qualifications in community development as part of a Certificate III in Community Services. Workshop participants will explore how this program will be delivered in a way that promotes skills and involvement in citizenship, community change and civil society processes.

Julian Silverman draws upon extensive experience in the local and international arena as a community development worker, as well as his practice as a therapist within the Victorian correctional system. Julian is currently lecturing on campus at RMIT University in addition to facilitating work place based learning in a range of community service organisations.

Presentation Type
60min. Workshop

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Deakin Woolstores Campus, Geelong Waterfront
30 November - 1 December 2001