Do you feel called to take your work into the community in a compassionate and effective way? Are you interested in learning how to use your skills to cultivate meaningful change in the world around you? If so, then this course is for you – and anyone who wants to engage effectively and ethically with their communities. If you are interested in developing and delivering sustainable community projects or programs but don’t know where to start, this course will offer you a framework to help guide your design, planning and implementation.
This course will cover:
• An introduction to community centered programming
• The importance of designing with the community instead of for it
• Best practices for cultural humility
• Tools for checking in with purpose and intention
• Framework for ethical and sustainable program development and design
• Real world application of the tools and framework
Meet Your Teachers
Julia has worked in international policy and humanitarian aid for over 15 years, evaluating the efficacy of aid programming and assessing impact against intended achievements. Specializing in gender and conflict, she has worked across numerous sectors, including education, humanitarian assistance, governance, health, counter-trafficking, illicit finance, and counter-terrorism. Her work across the globe, with particular expertise in conflict and post-conflict environments such as Somalia, Afghanistan, South Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, has given her an acute understanding of the problems with the typical aid model, and insight into how to make development programming more sustainable through equitable, community-centered intervention.
Julia’s experience working with marginalized communities and her understanding that community-led interventions are more effective, have greater impact, and are more likely to generate sustainable change, led to the foundation of The OMPowerment Project, a non-profit dedicated to empowering individuals in marginalized and at-risk communities worldwide with embodiment tools for self-regulation. The OMPowerment team shares the belief that wellness should not be determined by geography, social status, ethnicity, access to finance, or privilege. In pursuit of this mission, OMPowerment provides week-long leadership trainings that equip trainees with the skills to create safer space in their communities, free of labels and judgement, in which men and women can begin to relieve anxiety and build confidence and self-esteem. Since 2017, the OMPowerment team has delivered 11 trainings in 7 countries, empowering over 100 individuals.
Who is this course for? This course is for anyone who wants to engage effectively and ethically with their communities. Is will be particularly useful for those who are interested in developing and delivering sustainable community projects or programs but are looking for direction on where to start.