The Pre-Community Studies Academy introduces the knowledge base and necessary tools to serve in a church or community-based non-profit setting. Students learn how to impact the community, gain an understanding of, and be able to define and participate in the community development process.
Students gain insights into the nature of associations and institutions, while being able to identify the difference between relief, betterment, development, and systemic change. Students are introduced to key tools and practices for healthy, sustainable community development, while focusing on the power of listening, and paying attention to detail while working with communities.
The Pre-Community Studies Academy enables students to examine how social change is most effective when people work together in an organized way. This gives the community the power needed to achieve the desired change. Students with and understanding of community organizing will be better equipped to serve with their community.