The Level I Community Facilitator Training can help you become a more effective leader, facilitator or simply a stronger participant at meetings or on committees whether for your town, nonprofit or business. The training is a progression of five classes that provides a foundational look at current practices and challenges common to working in groups (public & private) followed by individual skill development and the application of these skills when working in groups.
Specific skills and concepts will include:
§Thinking & learning styles and how this affects group work;
§Techniques to avoid common pitfalls that derail groups;
§Planning effective meetings; and
§Effective engagement & outreach
The training will be a dynamic integration of experiential learning, conceptual knowledge and independent study. Participants will be challenged to expand their own thinking and to share their own life experiences in order to help others learn and grow. Upon completion, participants will have developed a tool box of skills that can be immediately applied to both their private and professional lives.
Class Dates: Fridays - October 12, 19, 26, November 2, 9
Time: (Class 1) 8:30 – 10:30am & (Classes 2-5) 8:30-11am
Total Class Length: 12hours
Fee: $100 – Sliding fee available upon request
About the Community Facilitation Training Project
The mission of the Community Facilitation Training Project is to improve civil discourse and the quality and diversity of the process by which people participate in the decision making of their communities, organizations, and businesses.
The Project is funded through a grant from the Emanuel & Pauline A. Lerner Foundation to the Community Wellness Coalition of Southern Maine and is a partnership with Maine Sea Grant, University of Maine Cooperative Extension and University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension. Additional collaboration and support provide by:
¨ New Hampshire Listens
¨ United Way of the Greater Seacoast
¨ York County United Way
¨ Rockingham Planning Commission
¨ Town of York
¨ Town of Kittery Community Center
¨ Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve
Future plans include the development of a Level II training and micro-courses to provide additional depth to topics covered. Collaborators are also working to create a more cohesive network of facilitators and organizations working toward the shared mission.