Prevention requires building lasting, meaningful relationships with your community. The below list, taken from Community Building: What Makes It Work, describes some of the key skills required in facilitators.
- Understanding the Community
- Successful community building efforts tend to have organizers who have a thorough understanding of the culture, social structure, demographics, political structure, and issues in the community.
- Sincerity of Commitment.
- Successful community building efforts more likely occur when organized by individuals who convey a sincere commitment for the community's well-being.
- A Relationship of Trust.
- Successful efforts are more likely to occur when the organizers develop trusting relationships with community residents.
- Level of Organizing Experience.
- Successful community building efforts more likely occur when the organizers are experienced in the many facets of working with communities.
- Able to be Flexible and Adaptable.
- Successful community building efforts are more likely when the organizers are flexible and able to adapt to constantly changing situations and environments.