Region 2 Initiatives
The Neighborhood College program is a seven-week community leadership program that provides an opportunity for residents to learn how to work with their neighbors, community organizations, and local government to strengthen their neighborhood and promote a strong sense of community. Through a combination of lectures, group discussions, and practical experiences, participants will learn about the local government and how it works; how to participate in the decision-making process; how to work effectively in a diverse community; how to build community partnerships; and how to effectively operate as leaders in the community. Residents of Annandale, Bailey's Crossroads, Falls Church, Merrifield, Pimmit Hills, and Seven Corners are encouraged to register for this exciting learning opportunity. For more information, please call 703-533-5701.
Region 2 staff convenes a meeting of nonprofits, faith-based organizations, businesses, schools, county staff, and public safety. The meeting is an opportunity to share information between programs and discuss issues related to the integrated delivery of human services. We meet on the second Monday of each month and work together with the following objectives:
- Increase and maintain awareness of resources in our region
- Foster enhanced service integration
- Increase civic engagement and partnership development
- Create innovative approaches to service delivery
This group joined together to deepen understanding of the practice of community engagement and collaboration as a useful step in engaging with diverse communities in Region 2. Members of the group -comprised of various county staff- work on a wide variety of community efforts. Simultaneously, this group is identifying ways to be more strategic and collaborative and learn effective engagement techniques and approaches. This group meets monthly at various dates and times and provides technical support to the Annandale Neighborhood Initiative.
Working in partnership with Alternative House, Region 2 staff and the Community Engagement and Outreach Group are supporting the Annandale Neighborhood Initiative. This project focuses on creating a network of engaged residents, county, school and community-based service providers to achieve healthy outcomes for youth, families, and communities in Annandale. The Annandale Neighborhood Center, located on the grounds of Annandale High School, was established as part of this initiative.
This community, county, and school collaboration is focused on four key impact areas:
- Community Engagement
- Family Relations
- Social and Emotional Health
- Children's Education and Development
The Community Leaders Collaborative is comprised of nonprofit, educational, and health care leaders who work with diverse immigrant and refugee communities in Region 2. This group meets quarterly to gather new data about changes in the populations and communities we serve, learn from each other, and identify opportunities to support each other's work.