Community Leadership

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Lead4Tomorrow staff have extensive experience working with community leaders. This includes elected officials, appointed and administrative officials in public agencies and grass-roots leaders looking to advance their communities and bring their communities together. Recent projects include strategic planning efforts for city and regional governments as well as leadership development training for state and local agencies.

Within our Community Leadership program, we have also established a Youth Leadership initiative. This program currently engages high school students preparing for college and who are developing entrepreneurial and other leadership skills.

Lead4Tomorrow provides a range of capacity-building support for leaders trying to engage their communities more effectively, focusing largely on developing Facilitative Leadership and interest-based conflict resolution skills.

Lead4Tommorow oversees FAM-Net (Family Advocacy Mentoring Network), a partnership with Health Net, First5 Sacramento, and OCAP (Office of Child Abuse and Prevention). FAM-Net brings together parents and other grassroots leaders with the goal of empowering them as advocates for their children and families, connecting them to opportunities to exercise their leadership skills in the community. In the Sacramento region, FAM-Net includes training that draws on the research-based Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI) curriculum. Fam-Net also engages parents in self-paced programs online. Beyond training, FAM-Net serves as a hub to identify and engage organizations seeking parenting and parent leadership resources and also features community policy forums.

Building connections between parents and policy makers

In addition to our work with parents, we also work with elected officials and regional government organizations to improve stakeholder engagement in issues that most impact children and families. Lead4Tomorrow’s work in community engagement and leadership benefits greatly from Executive Director Greg Bourne’s 30 years of experience in the fields of education, conflict resolution, leadership development, and peacebuilding, and his particular expertise in developing cross-sector partnerships to address major policy and social issues. Greg’s leadership development webinars, “Parent and Community Engagement Dynamics” and “Leadership Models for Improving Impact” were featured in Strategies 2.0, a state-wide initiative funded by the California Office of Child Abuse Prevention. Greg also works through the UC Davis Extension program on leadership, conflict resolution, and stakeholder engagement.