Your steps may be different depending on your situation. Ideally, you are taking this course as part of a cohort — a group made up of local 100% Community initiative participants. You may be the co-community organizer, action team leader or member. This is ideal, as you can discuss the course and all the information presented with people you’ll be collaborating with. However, you might be taking this course because you wish to start a 100% Community initiative and today, you are a solo champion seeking to recruit stakeholders. Either way, the following steps enrich your learning experience and prepare you for Lesson 6: Partner.
Visit the Virtual Innovation Center: We provide you with links to innovations in all ten key family-serving sectors. These innovations include a menu of various projects, from across the state, nation and globe to consider implementing. The projects identified are designed to strengthen family health, safety and learning systems—and support your local 100% Community innovation.
Reviewing your course textbooks. Ideally, you have a good supply of sticky notes and sharpie pens to make comments and questions throughout all books. This makes group discussion more lively and focused as you get answers to questions and challenge assumptions. By this time, you should be very familiar with all three textbooks. We can’t stress enough how in our daily work with community partners, having the common framework and language (provided by all three books) moves collaborative work forward.
Reading Assignment: Course participants should read part 2 in 100% Community before starting Lesson 7: Program.
Meet with an initiative partner (ideally someone from your sector) or a work colleague to discuss the following questions:
As you look at all the elected leaders within your counties borders- which ones are the biggest advocates for your sector?
Which government departments might you reach out to in order to strengthen your sector?
Which non-profits and/or foundations have a track record of supporting your sector?
Convene with fellow initiative participants to discuss this lesson and the evaluation process: Meet with your fellow action team members to review and develop all evaluation plans for your innovations.