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Building Capacity

Working in Teams: Webinars

In this series:

  1. Authentic Youth Engagement
  2. Core Principles for Engaging Young People in Community Change
  3. Creating Capacity - One Meeting at a Time
  4. Gathering the Stakeholders: The Process of Community Engagement
  5. Leading from Any Chair: The Process of Decision Making

NOTE: Webinars are conducted via Blackboard Collaborate. If you have internet access and can hear sound through your computer, you should be able to participate regardless of the type of computer or operating system you use. A broadband connection is helpful but not required.

To participate, click on the title of the webinar (once it is available) to link to it. If this is the first time you're participating in a webinar using the Blackboard Collaborate platform, please visit the link to your webinar a day or two in advance so that you can pre-configure your computer. For more information or if you require accommodations to participate in a webinar, please contact Ellen Rowe at 802-751-8307 ext. 360. Requests for accommodations should be made at least seven days prior to any respective webinar.

Creating Capacity - One Meeting at a Time

Tuesday, January 7, 2014 11am -12:15pm (ET)
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session handouts (PDF):
Presentation Slides  |  Opening Ideas  |  Closing Ideas  |  Group Assessment Questions  |  Group Development  |  When to Use an Outside Facilitator  |  Working Agreements Defined

Have you ever been in a meeting role where you found yourself wishing you knew more about meeting process and structure? Have you ever wondered what happened to make this meeting really [wonderful] [awful] [dull] [productive]? As a team member or chair, we are expected to produce results in collaboration with others. This is not always easy and the skills of facilitation and group membership are not routinely learned or practiced, enough to be effective in our work.

This session will look at three key areas to help any meeting: contracting, working agreements and the group's development. Experience with community groups leave us with numerous aha! Moments and many of these moments are intimately tied to what we know or don't know about the group. For example:

  • what does the group want to accomplish and what & who makes the group work (contracting)?
  • how does the group interact in meetings (working agreements)?
  • how long it has the group been meeting (development)?

Join us to discover facilitation insights on building capacity in our communities with the use of the foundational facilitator competencies developed by the International Association of Facilitators.

Our Presenter:
Jane Haskell, Extension Professor with University of Maine Cooperative Extension brings over 20 years of experience in the design and implementation of experiential community development programs for youth and adults. Over the years she has launched several innovative Extension programs, from Voices, a school-based enrichment program for teens, to the Mid-Coast Home-Based Business Conference, the first statewide conference for home-based business owners in Maine, to producing and hosting Doing Business, a live, public affairs radio show.

As a result of her community facilitation work, her latest innovations are the collaborative creation of Strengthening Your Facilitation Skills, Levels 1 and 2. The Training Series is designed to help local citizens as well as professional staff learn how to get work done more effectively and efficiently in group meetings. Strengthening Your Facilitation Skills, Level 1 has been used to train hundreds of volunteers and staff from over 30 organizations in Maine, and is now being used to train new Extension staff as well as citizens in other states. It has been nationally recognized for Excellence in Community Development Programming by the National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals and was identified as a curriculum by the National 4-H Learning Priorities to Build Effective Organizational Systems. Jane is working collaboratively to research the societal impact of having skilled community facilitators, particularly those who are AmeriCorps members. She is also investigating newly arrived refugees' perspectives in providing feedback to resettlement organizations.


Core Principles for Engaging Young People in Community Change

Tuesday, January 8, 2013 11am -12:15pm (ET)
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Your organization or community group wants to involve young people in your work. You've had a few youth participate over the years but have never had any great success at fully including them or keeping their interest. Should you keep making an effort to get youth engaged? Does their participation really matter? The answer is a very emphatic "YES!" In this webinar participants will discuss why youth engagement is critical to communities, what barriers exist to youth engagement and how to overcome them, and how youth-adult partnerships are the most central aspect of authentic youth engagement.

Our Presenter:
Lauren Traister is the Teen & Leadership Program Coordinator for the University of Vermont Extension's 4-H Program. Her work includes promoting positive youth development and teaching youth leadership, citizenship, and life skills.


Gathering the Stakeholders: The Process of Community Engagement

Tuesday, December 4, 2012 11am -12:15pm (ET)
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An idea is generated, a vision is captured, and someone somewhere is ready to launch a plan. Immediately it becomes clear that the plan is missing key ingredients: the support and ideas of the community will it impact. (it will impact?) This scenario is not uncommon in our local communities and usually describes a plan that will fail. Successful leadership understands the value of engaging the community in developing ideas, making decisions, and implementing plans. Martha Walker will lead us in discussing why engagement is needed, who makes it happen, and the process that sets the stage for a successful dialogue.

Our Presenter:
Martha Walker, Ph.D., Community Viability Specialist with Virginia Cooperative Extension


Authentic Youth Engagement

Tuesday, May 1, 11am -12:15pm (ET)
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Young people are powerful contributors to society, but too often adults don’t seek or hear their voices.  Youth voice is not about “letting” youth help, but about working with youth as partners, leaders, and advocates to improve the world.  In this webinar we will look at the fundamentals of youth-adult partnerships and identify ways that you and your organization can provide authentic youth engagement that benefit the youth, your organization, and ultimately the community-at-large.

Our Presenter:
Lauren Traister is the Teen & Leadership Program Coordinator for the University of Vermont Extension's 4-H Program. Her work includes promoting positive youth development and teaching youth leadership, citizenship, and life skills.


Leading from Any Chair: The Process of Decision Making

Tuesday, March 6th 2011, 11am-12:15pm (ET)
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session handouts (PDF):
presentation slides   |   Dynamics of Group Decision Making   |   Facilitating Group Discussions   |   Six Thinking Hats

tools & resources:
How to use a Gantt Chart with Google Docs (YouTube video)   |   Gantt Chart definition (Wikipedia)   |   Gantt Charts - Planning and scheduling more complex projects

When we work in a team situation, each member must be interdependent.  Success of the team is based on every member relying on other members’ expertise, experience, and energy to achieve the mutual goals. Sometimes discussion can circle round and round for periods of time.  Making decisions is not easy.  We want to engage everyone in the decision making process but may lack the tools to support the process in an open yet constructive way.  This webinar will focus the process of decision making, an expertise that is valuable as teams work together. There are lots of participatory activities to choose from as you move through the decision making process of gathering ideas and narrowing those ideas to creating a plan of action based on the team decision.  Martha Walker will be with us sharing a piece of her successful program, Leading from any Chair.  Knowing the skills of facilitating a group decision making process is valuable as you work with others in teams.

Our Presenter:
Martha Walker, Ph.D., Community Viability Specialist with Virginia Cooperative Extension

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