Coaching in Community Strengthening

While training provides a foundation for a successful community building effort, coaching allows us to help organizational leaders customize a community engagement strategy for their context and walk with them through the implementation of that strategy. During coaching sessions, leaders are trained in the Empowered Communities model which includes tools for building an effective steering team, launching a community listening process, developing community connectors, building community action teams, establishing effective partnerships and transferring ownership of the effort to community leaders.

 

Executive Coaching

Individual coaching of key congregational, non-profit, community, and governmental leaders who are the point leader for a community / school strengthening effort

Every effective development effort must have a point leader who ensures the project is moving forward toward the group-defined objectives. Providing individual coaching is the best way of equipping that point leader for this task. We recommend monthly Executive Coaching through the first year of a new development effort and quarterly for years two and three. This allows the key leader to watch the launch of each process team (listening, leader development, team building and partnership development) and then to sustain those process teams as a coach for these team leaders.

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Individual coaching

Group Coaching

Assist New Teams As They Are Launching

Throughout the development effort, new teams are constantly being formed as the development effort grows and matures. As these new groups are being formed, many of our clients have found it helpful for us to facilitate one or more sessions to help the group members learn their individual roles and to formulate the overall vision and mission of the group.

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Group coaching

Peer to Peer Community of Practice

Allow Practitioners to Learn From and Support One Another

By its nature an asset-based approach to community development is highly adaptive and looks different in every community. Over our years of experience, the most fruitful coaching has come when we connect individuals who are engaged in similar work but who are from different communities. These cohorts can be set up for practitioners within a particular region or sector. The goal of these learning cohorts is for practitioners who are implementing the Empowered Communities Model to share ideas and to support one another as leaders.

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Peer coaching