Every once and a while we must take a step back and look at our programming and identify ways in which we can improve the content, structure and overall feel. Some nip and tuck is sometimes the result of this type of evaluation.
Over the past several weeks Katie and I have been working hard to better understand how to prepare HandsOn Leadership participants with the tools and skills for completing projects with a nonprofit organization. And of course, in true Seattle Works form, figure out ways in which to make the training as interactive as possible.
We are excited to share with you the new and improved HandsOn Leadership:
Session One: Who are you as a leader?
The first session is all about getting to know others and getting to know yourself as a leader. Participants identify the project that is of most interest to them and are split into teams. Through interactive activities, you’ll learn about different work styles, practices in leadership and how you react to conflict.
Session Two: How do you manage a project in a nonprofit?
We walk you through how to work with nonprofits, breaking through some of the stereotypes, common misconceptions and the basics of how the nonprofit sector operates. You’ll get some project management best practices and have time to work with your team and representative from the project nonprofit on how to apply what you’ve learned so far.
Session Three: How do you put it all together?
Before coming up with your next steps and outline your project workplan, you’ll gain some more insights in project management. With plenty of team time to put everything you’ve learned to practice, you’ll present your plan to the group.
Next Steps: Execute the project!
Once you’ve completed the training, you’ll have next steps and a basic workplan to start your project with the nonprofit you’d been working on. Attend an orientation session with your nonprofit partner and new team to brainstorm how you’ll tackle your project–and then you’re off! You’ll work with your team to manage all aspects of the project on whatever schedule you decide works for you over the course of the following months. Seattle Works will check in along the way, but this is your chance to really put your skills as a leader and project manager to work!
So there you have it! Our new and improved HandsOn Leadership. I know you want to be part of it!
Sign up for HandsOn Leadership today! Our next series is Wed 3/12, 3/19 & 3/26, 6-9pm!