The kick-off event for the Civic Equity Project will be 6-8 p.m. on Monday, May 8. Each cohort selected for this project will be able to invite a few key members from their respective organization.
Being a part of this team means receiving intensive organizational development and advocacy training over the two year span of the program, from April 2017-April 2019. This project will be engaged to create a pivotal moment in the engagement of our organization to serve in civic dialogue and decision-making in Bend and Central Oregon.
The time commitment will vary for each organization but will require a minimum of 5 hours per month, and as many as 15-20 hours per month for those organizations wishing to participate at the most intensive level.
Here's what SCNA can expect over the life of the project:
- A project kick-off to be held 6-8 p.m. Monday, May 8
- Monthly 2-3 hour meetings with other cohort leaders in an Opportunity Knocks peer-support group
- A needs-assesment and one-on-one learning sessions to be completed over the summer
- A one-day organizational retreat in Fall 2017 to create a strategic plan for your organization's development over the time of this project
- Bi-monthly coaching calls with our organizational development specialists
- Nine 2-3 hour organizational development and advocacy trainings in a classroom learning environment
- Engagement in Bend 2030's housing and transportation projects as advocacy training grounds
- A final strategic advocacy planning retreat to be held in spring 2019 leading to the development of a two-year advocacy plan for your group
As your chair, I am looking forward to working with key members of the SCNA Board and working with Bend 2030 and Opportunity Knocks to learn strategies that will really make a difference in our organizational development in shaping the future of our neighborhood.