Anderson Children's Foundation

Pueblo Unido CDC

Pueblo Unido CDC

ECV Leadership Institute Training 2018-2019

ECV-LIT is the first rural leadership development training in the East Coachella Valley. ECVLIT came from the need to empower residents and honor the need to create sustainable communities. The purpose was to develop the capacity of local emerging leaders to create opportunities for communities to flourish and develop skills and tools to enable them to become effective leaders in the community and meet the challenge of bringing critical resources. Classes took place over a four-month period, Tuesday through Thursday from 4-9 pm at the San Jose Community Learning Center for a total of 12 classes and approximately 52 hours of class time. The program and curriculum were delivered in both English and Spanish. In addition to a numerous in class activities, the curriculum includes the development of a community project. Last year's class project, the group worked on a strategic plan to offer workshops for the community on how to start and sustain a community garden, as well as teach them about the benefits one would bring to the community. From identifying the project's mission and vision to creating a budget and contacting experts on the subject. The training was offered at no cost to all participants thanks to the sponsorships of USDA, the RAP Foundation and Coachella Valley Community Trust. Altogether, Pueblo Unido and Rural Community Assistance Corporation provided Certificates of Achievement to at least 25 participants on April 19, 2018.