The grant directly supports Engage Winona’s mission of moving Winona forward together. Engage Winona builds coalitions, guides projects, and creates deep collaborations and connections around existing resources to help ideas become reality and projects become sustainable. We are committed to co-creating Winona's future by leading inclusive community engagement and making the process inviting and empowering to all.
Engage Winona’s first set of core programming, which is widely open for all to participate in, includes:
- Connect, Engage, Thrive, an innovative systems thinking-driven leadership series to build deep collaborations among local organizations;
- Youth Mental Health initiative, which serves to connect and promote resources, enhance programming, provide positive language around mental health, and support all youth and families;
- Next Ones Up, dedicated to nurturing and supporting changemakers, entrepreneurs, and others committed to respecting Winona’s rich heritage while creating a thriving, interconnected future, and expanding and deepening the pool of community-engaged residents;
- Nonprofit Leadership Roundtable, where local mission-driven organizations collaborate, share resources, provide mentoring, and connect to services.
Additionally, a key part of Engage Winona’s work is connecting existing groups and efforts with needed resources, and helping individuals get good ideas off the ground. We’ve worked with more than a dozen groups already this year; if we can help you with your work, reach out to Brian at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Engage Winona began as an extensive dialogue and community conversation project in 2016, Conversations For A New Winona, which brought wide and diverse groups of residents to the table to discuss hopes, dreams, concerns and fears, and imagine a future Winona that works for all. Hosting dialogues and conversations continue to be central to our work and mission.