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The Power Shift Overview Session

This one-time, 90 minute overview session is designed to introduce organizations to Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) principles and the Empowered Communities Approach to implementing these principles. This training event can be tailored for audiences of any size. Participants will be introduced to these concepts which are explored in greater detail in our Power Shift Training Series:

  • The Four Bedrock Principles of ABCD that lay the foundation for the Empowered Communities Framework (Power Shift - Part I). 
  • The Four Community Capacity Building Processes used to bring ABCD principles to life in a way that strengthens communities from the inside out (Power Shift - Part 2). 

The Power Shift Training Series (Part I & II)

Learning Levels: 

The full-length Power Shift Training Series is offered at 2 different levels of depth and commitment, each one designed to accommodate where participants are in the ABCD learning process. 

The Introductory Power Shift Series is an introductory level webinar series for those who are new to or need a refresher in Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) principles and tools of practice. The series covers Part I of the Power Shift core curriculum, and there is no advanced preparation between sessions. There is no participation limit for this series, and sessions can be requested at a length of 60 minutes without the use of breakout rooms or at 90 minutes with individual breakout rooms capped at 8 participants per room. This series is offered bi-annually in the spring and fall for members of the Empowered Communities Network. For those outside the network, learn more about booking a private training here

The Practitioner Power Shift Series is a practitioner level training series for those who want to implement the Empowered Communities Framework principles and tools into their community engagement and development work. This series covers Part I and Part II of the Power Shift core curriculum in 90 minute sessions, with approximately 45 minutes of advanced preparation expected between sessions in the form of readings and practicing the use of the training tools. Training sessions are capped at 12 participants to ensure deeper sharing and learning. This series is offered annually each winter for members of the Empowered Communities Network. For those outside the network, learn more about booking a private training here

The Train the Trainer Power Shift Series is a more advanced level and in-depth series for those who want to learn how to train others in the Empowered Communities Framework and customize the tools for their unique context. This series covers Part I and Part II of the Power Shift core curriculum in either 90 minute or 2 hour sessions depending on group size, and there is approximately 1 hour of advanced preparation expected between sessions in the form of readings and practicing the use of the training tools. Training sessions are capped at 12 participants to ensure deeper sharing and learning. This series is offered annually each summer only to those who are members of the Empowered Communities Network.

Curriculum

Part I: A basic understanding of Asset Based Community Development including:

  • The seven basic needs found in every community and an understanding of current investments in addressing these basic needs: Physical, vocational, environmental, social/emotional, the need for power and control, the need for collective voice, and psycho-spiritual needs. (Framework of Understanding Community Needs)
  • The difference between relief, individual betterment and community development approaches and when each is most appropriate. (Shift #1: Relief to Development)
  • How one-way giving approaches can undermine an empowerment effort and how to shift to an approach that fosters mutual interdependence. (Shift #2: Doing For to Doing With)
  • The importance of place and narrowing the scope of the development effort to a specific geographically defined group, neighborhood or sub-group of a school, neighborhood, or organization. (Shift #3: Cause to Community)
  • Basic understanding of the six types of assets and gifts found in every community (individuals, associations, institutions, physical environment, methods of exchange, and culture) and the role each plays in a development effort with particular attention on the importance of the "gapper" role. (Shift #4: Needs to Assets)

Part II: An overview of the four capacity building process: Listening, Leadership Development, Team Building and Partnership Development

  • How to conduct a listening project to discover the hopes, dreams, gifts and talents of the community. (Shift #5: Working our Plan to Discovering Dreams)
  • The three components of an effective leadership development process: one-on-one coaching, peer-to-peer communities of practice, and ongoing training through learning cohorts. (Shift #6: Participants to Owners)
  • The four CARE practices for effective team building: creating safe space, ask self-awakening questions, reflect collectively and enact the next faithful step. (Shift #7: Committee Building to Beloved Community)
  • How to build partnerships that can help sustain a community-defined, constituent-driven community development effort. (Shift #8: Outside In to Inside Out)

Training Sectors

We have tailored our Power Shift Training Series into 5 specific contexts where the Empowered Communities Framework can be applied. Each training will follow the Power Shift core curriculum and session structures outlined in the previous sections with stories and tools tailored for the organization's specific context. 

Community Engagement Professionals - All Sectors: Tools used and stories shared will be focused on identifying and mobilizing community members in a way that leads to the development of a shared community vision and action teams designed to bring that vision to life. 

Educators: Tools used and stories shared will be focused on how to engage students, parents, and the broader community in the educational process. 

Faith-Based Organizations: Tools used and stories shared will be focused on community empowerment and delivered with a spiritual lens that aligns with the organization's mission, vision, and values. 

Youth Development Organizations: Tools used and stories shared will focus on how to identify, equip and mobilize high school youth to support or lead a community or school empowerment effort. 

With our 3 levels of training customizable for these 5 distinct community engagement contexts, Embrace is able to design a training experience that will meet your specific needs. 

Contact Us

If you would like to set up a training for your organization, please reach out to us here