Qualified nonprofit organizations will have a social justice mission, and will be able to designate a staff and constituent group of 20 people to participate in the project.
Organizations that are selected to participate must be able to commit the personnel and time required to implement the project – approximately 30 hours of time, over six months, for the group of 20 people, plus additional time for identified contact staff – and must also recognize and believe in the value of bringing council practice into the organization.
Active participation of members of leadership is often key to success of this project, so we request that leadership be involved throughout.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does this cost?
There is no charge to organizations for the Social Justice Council Project. Funds for the project are provided through a generous grant from the Angell Foundation.
What do WE RECEIVE?
The SJCP provides a 16-hour training in the practice of Council, for 20 members of your organization’s community, monthly follow-up sessions for 6 months, and additional individualized consulting.
WHERE ARE THE SESSIONS HELD?
If your organization has access to a space that comfortably accommodates 20 or more, we will bring the training to your location. If you don’t have access to a large enough space, the grant provides for facility rental for the 16-hour training.
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE IN THE PROJECT?
Participant groups will be primarily staff members of the organization, but may also include board members, volunteers and other key community members who are able to commit to participating in the 16-hour training and 6 months of follow-up sessions.
WHAT DO WE NEED TO PROVIDE?
We ask SJCP organizations for the time commitment needed to successfully bring Council to your organization, including a 16-hour training, and 2-4 hours a month for 6 months of follow-up Council meetings. This will require that participating staff are released from their other duties, and in some cases the organization may need to make special arrangements to ensure this can happen.
Your organization will also need to identify a staff member or small team to be the point of contact for the SJCP.
What will the program do for us?
The impact of the SJCP is unique to each organization. The project is tailored to each SJCP site. Participants have reported a greater sense of connectedness and mutual understanding, and a heightened ability to listen deeply to one another and to others, including clients and other colleagues. Council can contribute to greater community resilience and renewed and deepened commitment to the organization’s mission.
How do i tell others in my organization what this project is about?
Refer them to the SJCP page on this website, as well as the application page. We will also hold open SJCP presentations, which will include a Council circle, in August and September. Details will be posted on our website when those sessions are scheduled. If your organization is selected as a participating site, a demonstration Council can be held at your location before the project starts.
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