Stronger community organizations build stronger
communities. As part of their engagement with the community, CCRS faculty
and staff provide a variety of technical assistance, training and management
support to community-based nonprofit organizations and government entities.
Technical assistance is available on a variety
of topics including board governance, strategic planning, and fundraising.
Longer-term and more sustained assistance has been provided to support
on-going initiatives in planning, program development and evaluation.
Please contact us 302-573-4475 for more information.
We provide a variety of professional development
opportunities designed for community leaders, practicing professionals
and other interested individuals. These programs, ranging from short seminars
to 14-week certificate programs, give dedicated professionals the skills
they need to promote social and economic justice within their communities
CCRS offers many professional development
Nonprofit Management Certificate Course - Introductory
16-week course offered each Spring in which participants learn
how to handle the key management challenges facing nonprofit organizations:
planning strategically, using computers, controlling finances, developing
human resources, fostering leadership, lobbying and advocacy, designing
and evaluating programs, and marketing and fundraising. Click on the course
title above to link to a full description of the course, including curriculum,
coursework, and reflections from past students. NOW ACCEPTING REGISTRATIONS FOR SPRING 2010--Click here for more information.
Nonprofit Management -Advanced
A rigorous training program for professionals who
have held senior management positions for more than five years. These
courses will provide advanced training on partnerships and collaborations,
accountability and evaluation, resource development, legal issues, and
human resources management. Click on the course title above to link to
a full description of the course, including curriculum, coursework, and
reflections from past students.
Community-based Community Development
This fall semester course meets every other weekend each Fall, and provides professional development
training for administrators, staff, board directors and founders of urban
and rural Community Development Corporations, Community-Based Development
Organizations, neighborhood planning councils, banks and financial institutions,
and public agencies in organizational capacity building, leadership development,
community organizing, project planning, and financial packaging in Community-Based
Economic Development. Click on the course title above to link to a full
description of the course, including curriculum, coursework, and reflections
from past students.
Brownfields Redevelopment and Environmental Justice
This 8-week certificate course is designed to engage
public, private and community stakeholders in obtaining knowledge and
developing skills needed to address the major aspects of redeveloping
Brownfields, and other contaminated sites, in ways that insure comprehensive
and inclusive economic and community development planning that benefits
those negatively affected by blighted and contaminated land and buildings
as well as the broader public. The sustainable reuse of Brownfield sites
is the new planning answer to the issues of urban and rural revitalization,
an antidote to sprawl, and the re-creation of viable, healthy, communities.
The course is designed to provide professional development training to
community leaders, CDCs, private developers, state and local public agency
regulators, environmentalists, banks and financial institutions, attorneys
and realtors in understanding current issues, policies, and laws that
facilitate, encourage and deter the cleanup/ remediation, community involvement,
and cost of developing Brownfields.
Faith-Based Community Development
This one-week certification course provides professional
development training for religious and faith leaders, laypersons, public
and private sector decision-makers, bankers and financial managers in
Faith-Based Community Economic Development. Religious and faith leaders
from churches, mosques, and synagogues interested in planning and implementing
commercial real estate development, employment training, housing development,
child care, work force development training, or business development enterprise
will gain knowledge and skills to successfully address these areas, engage
in effective Community Building activities, and understand how to build
sustainable community development organizations where appropriate.
Parent and Family Leadership Education
In an effort to insure school success for all children,
The Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League, the Rodel Foundation and The
University of Delawares Center for Community Research and Service,
are developing The PACT Parent Leadership Corps. PACT is training parent
leaders to establish "communities" of parents with the skills
and information necessary to successfully support one another and their
children, as well as to effectively interact with the schools. With such
communities, Delaware can make progress toward meeting the challenge of
one of our most pressing educational problems: closing the achievement
gap. We know that while all parents want their children to succeed, they
need information and support to prepare their children for academic success,
navigate their children through the educational system, and advocate for
school change. While individual parents alone may not be able to change
the educational and economic futures of their children, a community of
parents working together can.
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Partners in Eliminating Racism
PIER training groups are offered to students, teachers,
faith-based leaders, grassroots community leaders, parents, executives,
and professionals. The training incorporates peer support strategies to
develop effective leaders who can assist people to achieve good lives
and move communities toward economic justice and greater respect and caring
for all. Once people finish a PIER certification class they can become
a part of an ever-growing network of community leaders who meet periodically
to offer support and assistance to one another in taking on the challenge
of creating caring communities and a safe world. Some graduates become
a part of an ever-growing core of PIER group leaders, expanding the training
offered to ever-larger numbers of people. We are particularly pleased
that currently there is a PIER young peoples' network growing from the
solid work being carried out with high school students.
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