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  The LeadershipPlenty® curriculum consists of nine modules that address primary civic skills that enable graduates to confidently identify problems in their communities and implement a plan of action to combat those problems. We strongly encourage, but do not require, our participants to implement a practicum on race relations developed by the Study Circles Resource Center that provides participants with the opportunity to use their training to deepen understanding of community challenges and break down barriers that might impede more effective group work.

Please note that in order to become officially licensed to deliver LeadershipPlenty® trainers must participate in a Pew Partnership-sponsored train-the-trainer program and sign a Terms of Use agreement. This agreement stipulates that the trainer delivers the full nine-module curriculum and that the program is offered for community use on a not-for-profit basis. Modifications of the curriculum cannot be made without written consent from the Pew Partnership for Civic Change. Copies of the Terms of Use can be obtained by writing to the Pew Partnership for Civic Change.

To learn more about the content of individual LeadershipPlenty® modules, take a look at the module summaries and sample module provided here. Keep in mind that these modules are available in English, Spanish, and low-literacy editions and may be implemented in English on a full (6 hours per module) or condensed (3 hours per module) basis.
 
     
     
  Pew PartnershipModule One: Finding Leaders Within
How can we creatively use our individual skills to build community leadership?

This module introduces the theme of LeadershipPlenty® that the “plenty” in community leadership comes from recognizing the wealth of capacities that people in the community possess. Reinvigorating civic leadership with new energy and diverse experience strengthens communities. The purpose of Module One is to help participants begin the exploration of leadership development by uncovering their own unique skills and reflecting on their experiences of community.
 
     
     
  Pew PartnershipModule Two: Identifying Community Assets
How can we go about discovering undervalued assets in our community? How can we be more inclusive in identifying our community’s leadership potential?

The concept of LeadershipPlenty® highlights the diversity of people in every community who are its potential leaders. Module Two develops in participants an understanding and appreciation of the assets model for community change pioneered by John Kretzmann and John McKnight. The activities in this second module give participants an opportunity to train their eyes on the leadership assets in their community and brainstorm about how these assets can be mobilized for change.
 
     
 
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This sample module is taken directly from the LeadershipPlenty® curriculum.
 
     
     
  Pew PartnershipModule Three: Managing Groups for Results
How do our different backgrounds and experiences affect our participation in groups? How can team members communicate more effectively with each other?

What happens when people come together to solve community problems? The ability of a group to take action and accomplish results can be thwarted by the fact that it is difficult to work together effectively as a team. These tensions are a natural part of group work. All groups that endure the test of time experience fairly predictable stages of development. The purpose of Module Three is to increase participants’ understanding of group dynamics and familiarize them with issues and tensions that most groups experience.
 
     
     
  Pew PartnershipModule Four: Making Meetings Work Better
How do conflict and tension play an integral role in group work? What are some techniques for facilitating productive meetings that accomplish specific results?

Effective meeting-management skills are essential for leaders as they negotiate the complex interests of the community. Well-managed meetings actually help motivate people to stay involved in community-change efforts and reserve group energy for substantive issues. The purpose of Module Four is to provide participants with the organizational strategies and tools for achieving group purposes in community meetings.
 
     
     
  Pew PartnershipModule Five: Managing Conflict
How can we better understand conflict and its role in community work? How can we make conflict work for us rather than against us?

Communities are groups of people who may not know each other and have had different life experiences, but who live in proximity to each other and have interests in common. Our vision of the world and how it operates is influenced by our culture, our parents, our age, our personality, and a whole range of other factors. Module Five addresses the inevitable fact of life: individuals do not always agree. The challenge and opportunity for a community leader is to learn how to manage conflict and to channel its energy in a positive way. The purpose of Module Five is to explore the necessity of conflict in group work and its role in the consensus-building process.
 
     
     
  Pew PartnershipModule Six: Building Strategic Partnerships
How can we organize an effective partnership? How can we minimize the risks that come with partnerships?

Building partnerships between diverse organizations and individuals marshals the community’s resources, talents, and assets for change. By identifying their own self-interests and understanding and acknowledging the interests of others, organizations are able to build and sustain strategic partnerships. The purpose of Module Six is to help community leaders understand partnerships better and engage in them more effectively as they strive to solve complex community problems.
 
     
     
  Pew PartnershipModule Seven: Moving from Talk to Action
How do leaders plan and actually get started on a community change project? How can we achieve measurable outcomes along the way? How do we know if our action plan is working and how can we change our plan?

Ambitious visions are not realized in a day. Module Seven examines the strategies that help leaders chart the journey from community vision to concrete action. This module takes a bird’s-eye view of the tough terrain to travel from talk to results. The purpose of Module Seven is to enable a group to get started, to make measurable progress, to celebrate accomplishments, and to revise plans if necessary.
 
     
     
  Pew PartnershipModule Eight: Valuing Evaluation
How do we evaluate our projects and our progress?

Many of us think the word “evaluation” means being tested—that someone is going to tell us everything we are doing wrong. LeadershipPlenty® introduces evaluation as an opportunity for groups to reflect on the results of their work. Developing project goals and strategies to reach these goals, as well as anticipating a project’s outcomes are primary steps in planning or conducting a program evaluation. The purpose of Module Eight is to help participants understand and value evaluation and learn the main steps for determining the effectiveness of a program.
 
     
     
  Pew PartnershipModule Nine: Communicating for Change
How do we inform others about the importance of this work? How do we communicate our message to different audiences?

Community change doesn’t occur in a vacuum or among an isolated group of citizens. For substantive change to occur, many people in a community need to know about it and be involved. This doesn’t just happen. It takes deliberate effort and specific skills to sustain a conversation in the larger community about the issue(s) you are addressing. Module Nine introduces strategic communication as an important tool for achieving results by developing and sharing a powerful message with targeted audiences.
 
     
     
  Pew PartnershipPracticum: Facing the Challenge of Racism and Race Relations
How does race affect the way our community addresses (or doesn’t address) problems? How can dialogue help a group move forward on a tough issue such as race and racism?

We suggest that LeadershipPlenty® groups use this practicum as an opportunity to hold conversations about racism and race relations because this is an issue with which most communities in America are grappling. To move forward on a wide range of areas – from quality education, to affordable housing, to living-wage jobs – communities and individuals must examine how racial issues influence the current state of affairs. The practicum was developed in collaboration with the Study Circles Resource Center, and it introduces the study circle as a practical tool for community discussions.
 
     
 
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