STEP ONE: FORM
Potential partners should understand the key role local coalitions play in the work of child and youth development, education, health and well-being, and community economic development. Specifically, local leaders should be able to determine representative membership, facilitate a shared vision, define the agenda, anticipate needed resources and begin the process of creating or expanding a formal structure and business plan for the effort. If possible, partners should identify and build on existing infrastructure.
Planning/Design Team includes representation from community members and from all involved sectors, settings, systems, and levels of leadership
Identified “community catalyst” or “backbone support” organization has clearly defined roles in the change management process
The basic business case has been articulated and an outline for the structure’s business plan has been established, with agreement on which sections will be completed throughout the process
BIG PICTURE APPROACH TRAINING MATERIALS (FROM TRAINING BINDER):
RESOURCES TO HELP YOU DIVE DEEPER
Coalition and Leadership Group Building
Coalition Building I: Starting a Coalition (The Community Tool Box)
Resource addresses key questions about starting a coalition.
Dimensions of a Leadership Council
Ready by 21 chart outlines questions to ask when forming an overarching leadership council or selecting an entity to serve this function.
Building a Broad Stakeholder’s Group
Ready by 21 action brief walks through guiding principles to consider when building a comprehensive stakeholders group.
Youth & Community Engagement
Core Principles for Engaging Young People in Community Change
Ready by 21 issue brief addresses principles for effective youth engagement.
Thinking Outside the Box: Creating Catalytic Partnerships to Change the Odds for Children and Youth
Text and graphics of speech introducing Ready by 21.
Community Tool Box Guides:
Guides walk through questions to consider when pursing identified goals.
- Developing a Plan for Increasing Participation in Community Action
- Promoting Participation Among Diverse Groups
- Engaging People Most Affected by the Problem
- Identifying Targets and Agents of Change: Who Can Benefit and Who Can Help
- Creating and Maintaining Coalitions and Partnerships
- Increasing Participation and Membership
The Business Engagement Menu
Call to action from a Ready by 21 National Partner discusses various options for engaging business leaders in communities.
Business Engagement Stakeholders Wheel: Identifying Business Leaders in Your Community
White paper from a Ready by 21 National Partner identifies ways for business leaders to partner with nonprofits and roles for businesses to play in community change efforts.
Common Goals, Unique Strengths: Education and Business Partnerships
Guide from Ready by 21 National Partners outlines the benefits of education/business partnerships, and describes each sector’s needs and priorities in such partnerships.
Ready by 21 Case Study: Nashville, Tenn: Building a Big-Picture Action Plan
Story shows how leaders engaged the community to create a shared vision for their youth and a master plan to carry out that vision.
Additional Training for Your Team
Consulting Services to Support Your Coalition
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