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POP Program — People, Opportunities & Participation

Linking generations. Building community together

Program Overview:

Do you want to make a difference, but aren’t sure where to start? 

Do you enjoy meeting new people? 

Do you have a passion for improving our community?

Do you prefer to learn by doing?


Well then, this program is for YOU! The People, Opportunities & Participation (POP) Program is a one-of-a-kind, intergenerational program to help you become an involved citizen and impactful community leader. This program combines interactive learning and “hands-on” practice to help you understand how you can participate in public decision-making and get involved to address key community issues. You also receive a certificate recognizing your leadership in the community upon program completion.



Our Vision:

To create an informed, engaged and active community that fosters social capital and dialogue across generations.


Why Intergenerational?

Communities are strongest when people from across all ages, life stages, socio-economics and backgrounds come together. By facilitating discussion, teamwork and leadership, the POP Program encompasses participants’ diverse perspectives, life experiences, skills and knowledge to cultivate well-informed, compassionate and committed citizens and community leaders.




  • Learn how to make your voice heard and participate in public decision-making.

  • Gain fresh perspectives and insights into key community issues.

  • Sharpen your problem-solving, team-building and communication skills through interactive learning and applied practice.

  • Expand your network and gain opportunities for leadership with community organizations, boards and committees and nonprofit groups.

  • Broaden your experience and skills set for jobs, college and more!

  • Engage in thought-provoking discussions with a diverse, multi-generational group of fellow community members.

  • Make a positive impact in your community!



Who Should Join?

  • Civic-minded individuals & active community members

  • Community leaders

  • Members of volunteer, community & nonprofit organizations

  • Students (high school and college) & educators

  • New & soon-to-be voters

  • City employees

  • Aspiring candidates & elected officials

  • Leaders of public agencies & non-profit organizations

  • Business professionals

  • Anyone concerned about the future of the Inland North County region



Program Cost:

The 2019 program ($500 value) is being offered to the community FREE of charge through a generous donation from the Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation.




Registration is open now for the 2019 program. Please register by January 2, 2019. Space is limited.


Online Registration:


Mail-In Registration: Download the registration form.


Please send completed registration forms to:



Mail or Drop-Off:

Ed Brown Center for Active Adults

18402 West Bernardo Drive

San Diego CA 92127


For more information or assistance registering, please contact the Ed Brown Center at (858) 487-9324 or



Program Schedule:

Program runs from January 8, 2019 to May 28, 2019. Sessions are held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month from 6 to 9 pm at the Ed Brown Center.


Ed Brown Center for Active Adults
18402 West Bernardo Drive (located inside Rancho Bernardo Community Park)

San Diego CA 92127


Session dates for the 2019 POP Program are listed below:

January 8, 2019                January 22, 2019

February 12, 2019            February 26, 2019

March 12, 2019                March 26, 2019

April 9, 2019                     April 23, 2019

May 14, 2019                   May 28, 2019


The Curriculum:

Sessions are intended to inform, motivate, and challenge participants.  Sessions include the lesson, interactive activities/practice exercises, discussion and a guest speaker (if applicable).

Each session is designed to:

  • Develop essential leadership, project management and teamwork skills

  • Present diverse perspectives

  • Facilitate thought-provoking discussions

  • Work together to problem-solve and develop creative solutions to address key community issues, challenges and needs.


Participants receive a manual with program materials, as well as additional resources, tips, templates and more!  Participants also will have access to online resources and an online forum to support continuous learning and discussion in between the live sessions. Video recordings of the live sessions will be available as an additional resource.


Welcome & Introduction to the Program

Who Represents Me?  Get to Know Your Elected Officials

Influence & Impact: Getting Involved in the Community

Say What?  Communication for Community-Building

Decoding the Policymaking Process

Applied Policy: Basic Needs & Food Insecurity

Applied Policy: Employment & Education

Applied Policy: Transportation

Applied Policy: Affordable Housing

Team Projects & Graduation



Team Project:

As an integral part of the program, participants will complete a team-based community project of their own design to meet a nonprofit or civic need in Rancho Bernardo. This team project will provide you with an opportunity for “hands-on” learning and practical application of program lessons. 


Time during sessions will be allotted for team projects. However, you also may need to accommodate some time outside of sessions to work on your team project, as decided collectively by your team. Each team has a $100 grant from the RB Noon Rotary Club to offset their team project expenses.



Part of building a strong community is showing up and being accountable to your fellow community members. Since program sessions emphasize interactive and “hands-on” learning, it is very important to keep your commitment. Your team and fellow program participants are counting on you!


We expect that participants attend all sessions. However, we understand that you may get busy and at times may be late or need to miss a session. In this case, your program manual and session videos are available to help you stay current on the lessons, so that you don’t miss a beat.


Certificate of Completion:

To receive the Certificate of Completion, you must complete the program. Successful completion of the program includes:

  • Participation throughout the program, including attendance at sessions and the team project.

  • Attend and document at least two (2) civic/community meetings, such as City Council, school board or community group meetings.

  • Post-graduation commitment to actively participate and demonstrate leadership within the community.



Spread the Word!

This is the first year that we are offering the People, Opportunities & Participation (POP) Program. We need YOU – our community – to help us spread the word about this valuable program.


  • Share this program on social media! Let your friends and connections know about the #POPprogramRB.

  • Send an e-mail or note to your friends and neighbors about this program!

  • Ask local businesses if they would be willing to post a POP Program flyer in their establishment.

  • Mention this program at community meetings during the upcoming events and/or public announcements portion.


How will you help us spread the word to make building a stronger community together POPular?

POP Registration Form
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