Building A Nation of Neighbors How-To Videos | Welcoming America

Building A Nation of Neighbors How-To Videos

Welcoming America | August 24, 2011

Building a Nation of Neighbors equips individuals and organizations with story-based tools to better understand and use the Welcoming model. The module, which was developed by Active Voice in association with BeCause Foundation, was adapted from the documentary Welcome to Shelbyville, produced and directed by Kim A. Snyder.
This model for community building was designed by WelcomingTennessee (a program of TIRRC) and is being replicated nationwide by Welcoming America, with generous support from Unbound Philanthropy.
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Chapter 1, How Welcoming Works (4 min) - An introduction to the Welcoming model and how it relates to the community of Shelbyville.
Chapter 2, Local Leaders: The Foundation of Welcoming Work (2 min) - An overview of how the Welcoming model approaches local leadership development.
Chapter 3, Starting the Welcoming Conversation (4 min) - Context on Welcoming America’s work bringing immigrants and long-time residents into direct, facilitated contact.
Chapter 4, Welcoming Messages: Changing the Perception of Immigrants (5 min) - Background on the Welcoming approach of reversing negative images of immigrants by using strategic communications.
Chapter 5, From Neighbors to Friends: Overcoming Common Misunderstandings (5 min) - An overview of how to bring together community members to address misunderstandings and stereotypes. More
More Details: "Building a Nation of Neighbors":
As the Welcoming model continues to garner successes around the country, many are clamoring for tools to make their schools, local institutions, churches, communities and states more welcoming. “Building a Nation of Neighbors” is a short DVD that hones in on select scenes from Welcome to Shelbyville that exemplifies the Welcoming America model, while providing additional context on how it can work for a range of communities and audiences. From a seasoned “welcoming ambassador” to a concerned resident who wants to get the conversation started at her church, this module provides tips and guidance on how to build more welcoming communities.
“Building a Nation of Neighbors” is part of Shelbyville Multimedia, a project of Active Voice - in association with BeCause Foundation - designed to promote community building and harmony between native-born Americans, immigrants and refugees nationwide. It was developed in partnership with Welcoming America, with generous support from Unbound Philanthropy.
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About "Welcome to Shelbyville"
Change has come to rural Tennessee. Set against the backdrop of a shaky economy, Welcome to Shelbyville takes an intimate look at a southern town as its residents – whites and African Americans, Latinos and Somalis – grapple with their beliefs, their histories and their evolving ways of life. Welcome to Shelbyville is directed and produced by Kim A. Snyder and executive produced by BeCause Foundation, in association with Active Voice. Visit
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