Training of Trainers
HOPE Collaborative’s Community Engagement program develops the leadership of community members to work towards food justice and active living efforts; increase community input into HOPE’s work and process, which we hope will lead to increased community ownership; and support community residents in accessing locally grown, healthy food and opportunities to engage in more active living. Our main strategies for achieving our goals are leadership training, projects to build capacity (providing opportunities and resources for community participation in HOPE activities), internal leadership opportunities, and leadership opportunities in the broader Oakland community.
HOPE Collaborative works with Leadership Incorporated on a leadership training series for community members, a “Training of Trainers”. Facilitated by Omowale Satterwhite from Leadership Incorporated, the trainings cover a variety of skills including teambuilding, facilitation techniques, program planning and evaluation, forming and sustaining community collaboratives, effective communication, conflict resolution, and community leadership. Upon completion of the leadership training series, participants will be able to serve as leaders within HOPE and at allied organizations, develop skills needed to serve in leadership roles within HOPE, develop a “practicum” for community members to put their learning into action, and provide concrete facilitation tools for community members to use.
This advanced training series is open to those who have participated in a HOPE Leadership Institute, food justice workshop series, or similar training, or those who have experience participating in HOPE’s other work.
HOPE’s Leadership Institute is a 12 session training program for community members to build their leadership in the Collaborative, in their communities, and in the broader policy-making arena. The Leadership Institute provides an opportunity for community members who demonstrate leadership potential and a commitment to the Collaborative’s work to develop their skills in policy advocacy, facilitation, communications, project management, working in collaboratives, and community organizing, and deepen their knowledge of food systems, built environment, and economic and civic community ownership. We believe that leadership development is essential to create the necessary conditions for increased economic and civic community ownership.