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Leadership Development

Resilient Communities, Resilient Families coalitions provide leadership development and technical assistance to help local volunteers unlock their passions. Capacity building opportunities include:

Mini grants:  Over the last four years, neighborhood coalitions have awarded nearly $300,000 to over 50 community members with ideas for how to improve the community. The mini grants have launched Back to School Jamborees in Mattapan, funded neighborhood watch groups, and helped kick starts community parks and gardens  They’ve also supported summer programs for families, youth and seniors. All the projects are designed and proposed by community leaders, with the goal of unlocking community talent ready to improve neighborhood quality of life. Staff in each neighborhood also help the volunteers who champion the projects with technical assistance, as needed.

Training and Technical Assistance:  Champions who serve on neighborhood Steering Committees and volunteers who lead community projects are offered opportunities to increase their technical skills in community organizing and project implementation.  In addition to conference attendance and training provided in the start-up years,  champions can now attend organizational development trainings through partnerships with LISC, Associated Grant Makers, and Third Sector New England. Classes include evaluation, project planning/management, and Meet the Donor events that help expand the neighborhood’s connections to funding resources.

Entrepreneurship Support and Pitch Contest:  For residents ready to launch and grow a business, LISC and the Center for Women and Enterprise offer a comprehensive 12 week business planning course.  At the end of each round, businesses compete for $10,000 of seed money for the business launch and expansion.


Capacity building provided during the planning years:


“Sharing Skills, Building Connections – Partnering for Opportunity” Conference

Sturbridge, MA. May 14, 2012

Boston LISC sponsored over 20 attendees to join with hundreds of practitioners at the Ninth Annual Statewide Conference for Workforce Development Professionals, hosted by the Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation (CEDAC) and the Commonwealth Workforce Coalition.  This year’s conference, entitled  drew attention to the success of partnering in a time of inconsistent funding streams and budget cuts.


“Getting It Done II” Conference

Chicago, IL. March 5-6, 2012

Boston LISC proudly sponsored the attendance of Resilient Communities/Resilient Families staff, local steering committee members, and active neighborhood residents to join over 800 community development professionals from 80 cities in Chicago.  Attendees participated in dozens of workshops and round tables designed to address challenges and commend best practices in the many sectors of the field; from Implementing and Organizing to Going Global and Evaluating.


Action Group Design Workshops

Boston, MA. February 14, 29 and March 19

Boston LISC hosted a series of workshops to assist Lead Organizers and steering committee members in planning the action group phase of the process.  The sessions included talks with Jim Capraro, nationally recognized in this work, as well as discussions with current practitioners in Philadelphia, Indianapolis, New York, Los Angeles, and Kansas City.  The groups planned their Action Group strategies and made key decisions about facilitation support and rollout timeline.  You can read about these events in recent articles and in the neighborhood's homepages under successes.


Comprehensive Community Development - Two-Day Intensive

Houston, TX. November 8-9, 2012

This invitation only, two day intensive training featured case studies from across the country regarding successful strategies for brining partners to the table, taking on naysayers, and getting neighborhoods ready for change.  Lead organizers from each Resilient Communities/Resilient Families attended.


Introductory Training with Jim Capraro

Boston, MA. January – July 2011

Fifteen community members and staff of convening agencies for Resilient Communities/Resilient Families received exclusive training sessions with Jim Capraro, a senior fellow for LISC's Institute for Comprehensive Community Development who has made such presentation in over 50 cities across the country.