Embrace ABCD Training Institute

 

While every neighborhood is unique, Embrace Richmond has identified that all healthy community development efforts follow these five phases of development:

  • Community Listening
  • Community Building
  • Leadership Development
  • Partnership Development
  • Capacity Transfer

Through the Training Institute Embrace Richmond provides congregations and non-profit organizations training and coaching in each of these five phases.

 

TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES

Embrace offers two levels of training in each phase:  A two hour overview workshop and an eight session community of practice.  All workshops are $150 and all communities of practice are $500.  There is an additional $5 materials fee per participant for each.

Readiness Phase:  This training is the starting place for any congregation or non-profit organization that is not currently utilizing an asset based community development approach.

Embrace “ABCD” Overview Workshop (2 hours):  Through the 2 hour workshop we provide an overview of ABCD principals and practices and the paradigm shifts required to successfully move from “one way giving” models toward more developmental approaches of strengthening a neighborhood.  This workshop is offered through partnerships with local congregations and non-profit organizations.

“Shift” Community of Practice (8 Sessions/12 hours):  Through our “Shift” Community of Practice, we facilitate 8 sessions focused on the top 10 “shifts” that are required for congregations and non-profits to effectively engage in an asset-based community development effort.  Each session is 1.5 hours in length and each is designed to move participants from simply understanding the shift to actually practicing the shift in the community.

Community Listening Phase:  This training is appropriate for any congregation or non-profit organization that has completed the “Shift” training or who has satisfied the readiness requirements which included a defined geography and resident leadership.

Embrace “Community Listening” Workshop (2 hours):  Through this 2 hour workshop we provide an overview of the community listening process and an introduction to community listening best practices including the Roving Listener Project, 5 Question Survey, and asset mapping tools.

“Holy Listening” Community of Practice (8 Sessions/12 hours):  Through our “Holy Listening” Community of Practice, we work with neighborhood/congregational teams who seek to implement the practice of “Holy Listening” in their community development efforts.  This team commits to engaging in community listening utilizing the 5 question survey for a period of 8 weeks with the support and coaching of Embrace Richmond staff.

Community Building Phase:  This training is designed for neighborhood, congregational and non-profit leaders who have developed an on-going community listening process and who desire to bring neighbors together around the issues identified through the community listening process. A minimum of 30 resident interviews using the 5 Question survey are required to enter into this phase of training.

Embrace “Community Building” Workshop (2 hours):  Through this 2 hour workshop we provide an overview of the community building process and an introduction to community building best practices including how to run a community convening meeting, how to form community action teams and how to launch a Jr. Leader project.

“Hospitality” Community of Practice (8 Sessions/12 hours):  Through our “Hospitality” Community of Practice, we work with neighborhood, congregational and non-profit teams who seek to build a sense of community. True hospitality requires mutual exchange – everyone is a guest and God is our host.  When we gather together around issues of concern to the neighbors remembering that it is not our own power that we are depending on, an amazing sense of community is formed that leads to transformation within a community.  Participants in this community of practice commit to practicing hospitality founded on mutual exchange for a period of 8 weeks with the support and coaching of Embrace Richmond staff.  Embrace Richmond will provide facilitation services for the initial community convening meeting as well as coaching services for the subsequent 8 weeks of community building activities.

Leadership Development Phase:  This training is designed for neighborhood, congregational and non-profit leaders who have identified and desire to invest in community-led projects and neighborhood leaders.

Embrace “Leadership Development” Workshop (2 hours):  Through this 2 hour workshop we provide an overview of the leadership development process and an introduction to ABCD leadership development best practices including how to train neighborhood leaders in ABCD, how to set up coaching structures and how to develop a leadership huddle.

“Soul Friending” Community of Practice (8 Sessions/12 hours):  Through our “Soul Friending” Community of Practice, we work with neighborhood, congregational and non-profit teams who seek to build a sense of ownership among neighborhood leaders for the community development efforts in their own neighborhood.  We call this process that includes training and coaching activities, “Soul Friending.”  Developing strong neighborhood leaders who truly own the community development story, requires intentionality and a transfer of ownership.  For this to happen there must be shared vision and trust built between all who are engaged in the effort. Shared vision is shaped through our Great Neighbor Training that helps neighborhood leaders arrive at their shared vision for the future of their neighborhood.  Trust and accountability are developed through personal one-on-one coaching structures that help neighborhood residents identify and bring to life their God given dreams for their community. Participants in this community of practice commit to the practice of “soul friending” for a period of 8 weeks with the support and coaching of Embrace Richmond staff.  Embrace Richmond will provide facilitation of a 4 hour Great Neighbor training session as well as coaching services for the subsequent 8 weeks of leadership development activities.

If you are interested in learning more about training opportunities please contact Wendy McCaig at wendy@embracerichmond.org.