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 Embrace ABCD 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 6 – 8 session community of practice.  All workshops and Communities of Practice are $100 per training hour.  There is an additional $5 materials fee per participant.  Scholarships and matching grants are available for qualifying congregations and non-profits.

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 principles and practices and the paradigm shifts required to successfully move from “relief” 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 (6-8 Sessions/ 1.5 hour each):  Through our “Shift” Community of Practice, we facilitate 6-8 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/ 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 is 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, form community action teams, and 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 community-led projects and neighborhood leaders that they have a desire to invest in.

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, set up coaching structures, and 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, which 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. Through our Great Neighbor Training we help groups formulate a shared vision and establish a shared ABCD platform.

Participants in this community of practice commit to the practice of “soul friending” for a period of 8 weeks.  Embrace Richmond will provide facilitation of a 8 hour Great Neighbor training session to help establish a shared language and vision.  We will then facilitate 3 huddle meetings with key emerging neighborhood leaders in partnership with the hosting organization.

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