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Community Empowerment and Enlightenment

Providing Resources for Helping You A.R.K.
 Awaken to Spirit; Realize More of Your Potential; and
now How to Fulfill Your Divine Destiny

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Fostering Community Empowerment and Enlightenment

"When a community and its people are empowered, they have the capacity to articulate their needs; to identify actions to solve those needs; and to mobilize and organize resources in pursuit of commonly defined goals. When the people of a community come together to visualize and work together to achieve a common future, they recognize that everyone--regardless of education, job, race, age, or background--has something important to contribute to personal and community empowerment. Indeed, the greater the diversity of the participants, the richer the vision and the more effective its accomplishment" -- Lorraine Garkovich, University of Kentucky

To foster community empowerment, we provide a free initial consultation to assist communities inventory their local resources, identify what additional national resources might be applicable to their needs, help them select an appropriate model or mechanism for community mobilization and maximum citizen participation in the planning process and guide them in selecting appropriate tools and materials. We also help them identify and implement strategies for obtaining and generating any funds required to implement their community empowerment objectives.


Our underlying priority is to help generate the maximum possible benefits for the community. For example, we might help them learn how to produce an event locally that otherwise would generate a profit for a for-profit promoter.


In some instances, a community will choose to modify our Community Economic Development Resource Center (CEDRC) model and establish a similar facility locally. These CEDRC's provide expanded access to information on available educational pro­grams, sources of funding and technical assistance and training in personal, organiza­tional, business and community economic development.

To help raise funds for the CEDRC, we may co-produce large scale community events, design and help implement public relations campaigns and help communities learn how to most effectively create multi-sector partnerships, particularly with the corporate world.


CENTER SPACE helps communities address the economic development needs of their citizens with education, job training, self-employment training and technical assistance in designing and delivering Successful Life and Work Skills Training and Micro-Enterprise Development Training Programs.


The outstanding success of Kankakee County CAN DO! is just one example of how Center Space facilitates empowerment.

CENTER SPACE™ served as co-producer of CAN DO!'s first programs which featured Les Brown, “The Master Motivator" Kankakee County CAN DO! will feature major events on a regular schedule featuring nationally known speakers such as: Les Brown, Zig Ziglar, Brian Tracy, Steven Covey, Wayne Dyer, Denis Waitley, Dr. Joyce Brothers and Lou Holtz.


In addition to the regular major events, CAN DO' will offer ongoing workshops and seminars on topics such as: goal-setting, motivation, time management, creative thinking and problem solving, conflict resolution, organizational and commu­nity development, strategic planning, etc. Many of these programs and services will be provided through an agreement between CAN DO! and CENTER SPACE™.


Kankakee County CAN DO! Mission Statement

1. Provide expanded access to development training programs.

2. Foster community unity and multi-cultural understanding.

3. Promote positive thinking within and about Kankakee County.

4. Foster personal, organizational and community development and empowerment.

5. Generate funds for worthwhile community service projects.

 To help other communities and non-profit organizations learn how to successfully implement a program like CAN DO! CENTER SPACE™ is compiling all the relevant information and materials in a three ring workbook.

The workbook will include all the necessary documents, concepts and instruc­tions to enable replication of the CAN DO! concept in other communities. Contents of the workbook will include: How to Select the Most Appropriate Speakers/Trainers, How to Generate Maximum Media Coverage, How to Promote Your Event, How to Minimize the Cost of Printing, and How to Get Maximum Student Participation. Also included are sample letters, flyers, news releases, brochures, programs, public service announcements, sample ads, and a detailed work plan with project budgets.


In addition to the workbook, consulting services will be provided to support local replication of the CAN DO! program. The scope of services could range from a minimal level of providing telephone consultations to the maximum level of involvement providing on-site coordination.

If you would like to learn how you and your community could benefit from a CAN DO! program, please use the request form and we will send you a packet of materials.

 Les Brown Proves Motivation Works!

Motivational speaker Les Brown admitted he did not tell the 1,800 or so people who came to listen to him anything new. Instead, he fired them up ... rekindling energies they already had and fortifying resolves they had already made. The Daily journal 11-17-95  

Les Brown (left) was given an award as "The Master Motivator" Thursday as he spoke to 1,800 people at Olivet Nazarene University's Chalfant Hall. The event was organized by Kankakee County "Can Do!," a new motivation group. Jack Charlton (center) from Kankakee, was given the first "Can DO!" award for positive thinking. Charles Betterton, (far right, Center Space's president, organized Brown's appearance.

The Herald 11-21-95

Examples of Programs and Resources

Wheel of Life Exercise

Community Unity Celebrations

Community Resource Centers

Success Center Partnerships

The Holographic Organizational Model

Metanoic Organizational and Leadership Development


"Inherently, each of us has the substance within to achieve whatever our goals and dreams define. What is missing from each of us is the training, education, knowledge and insight to utilize what we already have." Mark Twain

 'Truth is within ourselves; it takes no rise from outward things, whatever you may believe. There is all inmost center in us all where truth abides in fullness." Browning

Wheel of Life Exercise For Community

How fully actualizing would your community rate on this modified Wheel of Life?

How would you modify the Wheel of Life exercise from Success Motivation International to apply it to your community? What are some of the factors you would use to assess how healthy and growth engendering your community is? Listed below are a few possibilities. Take a few minutes to decide which are the most important areas to consider from your personal perspective and then make your own modified Wheel. Then complete the process of placing a mark on each new spoke you create to reflect your present level of satisfaction with your community. Then connect the dots and consider where your Community Wheel of Life might be out of balance.

This can also be an effective group exercise and it can help build consensus and engage community residents in the co-creative process of discovering areas for potential improvement and for developing goals and action plans for creating a better shared vision of community.

Possible Factors for Evaluating How Fully Actualizing A Community Is

Shared Vision and
  Sense of Purpose

    Sustainable                                                  Access To
Earth Stewardship                                   Empowering Resources

Active Participation                                     Honoring & Respecting
By Residents In                                                 Individual and
  All Areas of Life                                          Spiritual Expression

Job Opportunities                                              Resources for
That Match Skills                                             Educational &  
                                                                  Mental Development  

      Balanced Focus On
           Personal, Organizational &
          Community Development

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