Community conversations are creative and engaging ways of bringing together a variety of community members to generate both ordinary and unique solutions to a key challenge facing their city or county—the limited opportunities people with disabilities have to share their talents in the workplace. The broad cross-section of each community who attended was asked to share their perspectives on the resources, supports, programs and opportunities in their community that could be drawn upon to expand employment opportunities for young people with disabilities.
Want Resources to Host Your Own Community Conversation?
- This article provides an overview of community conversations recently held in Tennessee:
- This guide addresses step-by-step how to put on a community conversation:
Tennessee Community Conversations
- During the summer and fall of 2013, TennesseeWorks hosted six community conversations across the state. Each event was organized by a local planning team in collaboration with members of the TennesseeWorks Partnership. Click below to download the summary guide from each conversation:
- During the winter and early spring of 2015, TennesseeWorks partnered with the Department of Labor to host two community conversations focused on how best to equip employers to hire and effectively support people with disabilities in integrated, competitive jobs.
- We invited communities across the state to apply to host their own “community conversations” with support of TennesseeWorks team members and partners. Our original goal was to support at least three community teams, but we received so many stellar applications, we ended up choosing seven diverse communities to support. They extend across all regions of our state, and incorporate rural, urban, and suburban communities. These communities held their first community conversations the summer and fall of 2015.
- Gibson County
- Montgomery County
- Macon County