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The Empowerment Project

The Empowerment Project Series infuses the public with revolutionary approaches to overcoming some of early childhood’s biggest challenges. Guided by the work of top leaders in the field of educational and systems change, inspired by the use of appreciative inquiry principles, and shaped by the collective wisdom of the participants involved, we generate a shared vision for our communities and use a social innovations lab model to collectively design and implement creative solutions to addressing early childhood issues that impact our everyday lives. There are several ways for individuals, networks, and organizations to take advantage of what The Empowerment Project has to offer.

The Empowerment Project: The Early Childhood Community as Agents of Change

The Empowerment Project: The Early Childhood Community as Agents of Change is an 18-hour training model that supports the development of systems thinking and activates diverse community stakeholders to engage in positive social change for children and families. Over the course of six weeks, we work with early childhood communities to:

Cultivate Hope by highlighting the community’s strengths and contributions, inviting people to identify as leaders and as advocates, and helping individuals and organizations reconnect to their sense of purpose.

Build A Stronger Community by promoting and practicing systems thinking, examining biases and assumptions, defining a common ground, and engaging communities in developing a shared vision for the future.

Embrace Uncertainty by exploring our relationship to individual and organizational change and reflecting on the common barriers to change, reframing problems as opportunities, and activating an effort for positive social change.

Reimagine Power Dynamics by helping people identify their role in the early childhood system, supporting the building of alliances across sectors, providing a platform for participants to pitch action plans to local and state policy and decision makers, and flooding the public with motivated change makers and innovative ideas.

The Empowerment Project: Kickstarter

The Empowerment Project: Kickstarter is a 3-hour training model focused on the principles and theories that drive the work of The Empowerment Project. Participants reflect on the idea of empowerment and identify the internal and external barriers that keep them from engaging in positive social change efforts in their community. With emphasis on the community’s shared values and collective strengths, we invite all involved to practice thinking of themselves as change agents and to imagine the difference it would make if we built allies and worked together in an effort to overcome some of our communities’ biggest challenges.   

The Empowerment Project: Team Human

The Empowerment Project: Team Human is a 3-hour training model that promotes the value of early childhood by giving members of the field an opportunity to identify and celebrate the essential skills, attributes, strengths and characteristics that they share with their communities. On a deeper level, the training supports the practice of self-reflection and the development of self-worth, while helping those involved reconnect with their sense of purpose. Perhaps most importantly, Team Human emphasizes the importance of coming together and highlights the collective power that we have to create positive social change for children and families.

 

The Empowerment Project: Phase Two

The Empowerment Project: Phase Two is an action learning model meant to support individuals and groups who have been through The Empowerment Project: The Early Childhood Community as Agents of Change program and who seek to fine-tune and advance their community’s social change efforts. Participants work together with Positive Spin to identify the focus and level of support needed to sustain their commitment to leadership and advocacy. Each training is custom designed and based on the needs of the community and might include activities such as reflective practice facilitation, needs assessment support, advocacy skill development, putting appreciative inquiry into practice, resource and actor mapping, community power assessment, or support with community engagement events.

The Empowerment Project: Action Planning and Reflective Practice

The Empowerment Project: Action Planning and Reflective Practice is an 8-hour training model that uses the 2x2x2 approach. With a combination of (2) in-person meetings and an independent study, participants work together to identify the needs of their communities and to create and advance a plan meant to address them. With the focus on taking action on behalf of children and families, this training gives participants the practice they need to drive social change and a supportive community to help them along the way.

The Empowerment Project: Renew and Recharge

The Empowerment Project: Renew and Recharge is a 3-hour training model that supports the shifting of mindsets and the building of stronger relationships within organizations and early childhood programs. Guided by the appreciative inquiry principles, we identify the strengths and attributes that shape the work we do both as individuals and as professionals and we reflect on the contributions we make to our communities - ultimately leading to a shared purpose, a vision for the future, and an energized team.

The Empowerment Project: Renew and Recharge

The Empowerment Project: Renew and Recharge is a 3-hour training model that supports the shifting of mindsets and the building of stronger relationships within organizations and early childhood programs. Guided by the appreciative inquiry principles, we identify the strengths and attributes that shape the work we do both as individuals and as professionals and we reflect on the contributions we make to our communities - ultimately leading to a shared purpose, a vision for the future, and an energized team.

 
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““This experience has ignited deeper reflection of my role continuing forward and has encouraged me to continue to see myself as a valuable and positive voice. It has pushed me to begin to step outside my comfort zone and stretch to grow as a leader.”