Center for Council is pleased to invite applications for the third round of its Social Justice Council Project. The project helps strengthen the local nonprofit sector through Council training for staff at participating social justice organizations. Council is an evidence-based tool for improving communication, building resilience, mitigating stress, and strengthening team cohesiveness and effectiveness. Learn more here.
This round of the Social Justice Council Project will begin in the fall of 2017 and conclude by summer of 2018. During the course of that time, Center for Council trainers will engage with 15 local organizations to provide the following at no cost:
Pre-program consultation and planning, including introductory Council sessions if desired.
An immersive 16-hour Council training for a group of 15-30 staff members. This group may also include board members or other stakeholders if deemed appropriate. The workshop will be led by certified Council trainers and will cover the background and structure of Council practice, a variety of Council techniques and activities, and hands-on practice in facilitating Council.
Follow-up workshops tailored to the needs of the organization as it integrates Council into its culture.
Individualized mentoring and consulting, based on the needs of the organization. This may include demonstration Councils with board members, clients, or other constituents. Council may be used to explore interdepartmental conflicts, or to ease transitions within the organization. The Council trainer assigned to the project site will work with the organization to identify the needs that can be addressed.
A culminating networking event. This daylong Council-based workshop will be open to all project sites, and will be an opportunity to forge alliances with other social justice-oriented nonprofits integrating the Council in their organizations.
Criteria for Participation
Organizations selected to participate in the project:
Must have a minimum of 15 staff members and be located in the Southern California region.
Can be working in any field or discipline, but should have a social justice oriented mission.
Must be able to commit the personnel and time required to implement the project – approximately 30 hours of time, over six months, for a group of 15-30 people.
Should be willing to engage in self-reflection, prioritize self-care and collegiality, and recognize the value of bringing Council into their organization.