The Healthy Start Coalition launched the “Make a Difference” Leadership Academy this month to offer opportunity for indigenous leaders in communities to be identified and trained in community/grassroots leadership.
Over the past two years the Make a Noise! Make a Difference! campaign educated and raised the awareness in the community on the risk factors that impact birth outcomes and infant mortality. Now that the community is informed of the risk factors it is time for unidentified leaders to become leaders of change in their community.
The Academy uses an identified Grassroots Community training curriculum that consist of 12 units (Leadership, Your Personal Style, Community Values, Ethical Leadership, Working Together As A Team, Effective Meetings, Public Speaking, Conflict Resolution, Problem Solving, Sharing The Work Through Delegation, Community Diversity, and Community Action Planning).
The ultimate goal of the Make a Difference! Leadership Academy is to train individuals to move from awareness to action. At the end of each eight-week academy individuals will be task with identifying, planning and developing community project that will positively change their community. The first academy runs from July 21 to September 8.