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Transformative Leadership Development for Transformative Organizing 2019

The NYC Capacity Building Collaborative is accepting applications for “Transformative Leadership Development for Transformative Organizing,” a 1.5-day training—with optional follow-up coaching hours— designed to create space for organizers to learn about and reflect on member leader development in community-based organizations.

Leadership development requires intentional planning, resources, and a long-term commitment. For organizations with limited capacity, it might seem like piling on more work. But when we don’t put in the time to harness the strengths of our members or to expand our collective skill sets, we lose a great deal of our power. Leadership development must, therefore, be a fundamental element of any organizing. Our sustainability as organizations and as a broader movement greatly depends on our ability to level up in this way.


This training is free to grantees of the Andrus Family Fund, Brooklyn Community Foundation, Cricket Island Foundation, Daphne Foundation, Korean American Community Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, New York Foundation, New York Women's Foundation, NYC Fund for Girls and Young Women of Color, North Star Fund, Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, Scherman Foundation, and Stonewall Community Foundation.

You should apply if you are a grantee who practices community organizing. Up to three (3) representatives from your organization can apply to take part in this training. We ask that all participants be decision makers and/or responsible for implementing leadership development processes and programs in the organization. Applicants must commit to participating for the full length of the trainings on both days.

Priority will be given to community-based organizations that have a membership structure, and with less than 10 staff.


Dates and Times: August 5th from 9:30am-4pm and August 6th 2019 from 9:30am-1:30pm
Location: Midtown

This training will be conducted by Helena Wong, Lynn Lewis, and Priscilla Gonzalez. In-person training dates are August 5th and 6th in Midtown. Organizations will have an opportunity to sign-up for follow-up coaching (up to 5 hours) at the end of the training. There are limited spots, and it is first come, first served. Coaching sessions can take place anytime after the training through the beginning of October.


Friday, July 12th. Space is limited. Applicants will be notified of acceptance into the training by Friday, July 19th. If you have questions you can reach out to Lynn Lewis at