Everyday Democracy's Institute for Community Change Leaders Convened in December for Intensive Training

Sandy Heierbacher
February 3, 2020

In December, 19 community leaders and Everyday Democracy staff members came together in West Palm Beach, Florida for an Institute for Community Change Leaders (ICCL) intensive training.

As part of Everyday Democracy’s broader strategy to develop civic capacity and infrastructure across the U.S., ICCL supports the development of community engagement coaches and trainers who serve as change agents in their communities.

As a follow up to the launch of the Institute and its inaugural training in December 2018, this year's 3-day Intensive training was designed to:

  1. Create cross learning among attendees to showcase expertise in their own local change work;
  2. Transfer a deeper level of knowledge of Everyday Democracy’s theory of change as related to creating equitable communities that work for all people and especially those voices most marginalized;
  3. Provide skills development and practice in dialogue facilitation especially for difficult issue areas; and
  4. Provide opportunities for applied learning through simulations, presentations and team activities in Everyday Democracy’s dialogue to change approach.

Upon successful completion of the 3-day intensive training, its 19 participants were awarded $1,500 mini community engagement grants to plan and implement a Dialogue to Change project in their local community.  Each plan should be in place and ready for the facilitated dialogues by September.  Everyday Democracy is looking forward to providing ongoing coaching and technical assistance to these developing Dialogue to Change leaders.

If you are interested in staying abreast of future training opportunities for community change leaders, email [email protected] so we can keep you in the loop!



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