Community development is a way of strengthening civil society by prioritising the actions of communities, and their perspectives in the development of social, economic and environmental policy. It seeks the empowerment of local communities, taken to mean both geographical communities, communities of interest or identity and communities organising around specific themes or policy initiatives. It strengthens the capacity of people as active citizens through their community groups, organisations and networks; and the capacity of institutions and agencies (public, private and non-governmental) to work in dialogue with citizens to shape and determine change in their communities. It plays a crucial role in supporting active democratic life by promoting the autonomous voice of disadvantaged and vulnerable communities. It has a set of core values/social principles covering human rights, social inclusion, equality and respect for diversity; and a specific skills and knowledge base.
“I was in a particularly difficult situation being a single parent at the time, which meant having to work and go to school full time, but any time I had a schedule conflict, faculty and advisors were willing and ready to work with me. They made me feel less like I was a part of an institution, and more like I was part of a family,” he said. After graduating from Bucks in 2016, Holly transferred to Drexel University. “I found that I was ahead of the curve in certain areas of study when I got to Drexel, mainly mathematics,” he noted. In addition, a scholarship he earned at Bucks led to a career opportunity.“Bucks opened doors for me through their various partnerships with local organizations. While I was at Bucks I was a recipient of the PECO Scholars Award. After leaving Bucks I reached out to the PECO group that presented the award, and am now working for them as an intern until I graduate from Drexel.”