Coaching for Community Transformation Results
Community Case Study: Battle Creek, MI
One way to assess the impact of Coaching for Community Transformation is to look at the ways Leadership that Works is partnering in Battle Creek, Michigan with various community groups committed to improving the lives of all children and families
Our coach training partnership in Battle Creek demonstrates how creating a coaching culture and embedding coaching skills can improve community service and increase successful outcomes. This is an example of what is possible when communities come to understand the power of coaching.
Following are a few of the many ways Coaching for Community Transformation coaching and coach training have created a coaching culture and enhanced community projects and initiatives in Battle Creek:
Early Childhood Connections
Calhoun County's Early Childhood Connections (ECC) provides free services to families with children from birth to age 5. Many ECC services are provided by trained family coaches who listen, acknowledge each family's hopes and dreams, and support them in taking steps to achieve those dreams. ECC has an ongoing commitment to coaching skills training and one-on-one coaching for family coaches and administrators. This commitment is embedded in the ECC model for working with the families they serve. The training also supports the staff in creating a coaching culture within the organization. http://www.calhoungreatstart.org/early-childhood-connections/family-coaches
Coaching for Community Transformation Intro Training
Over 100 direct service providers and administrators from a number of nonprofit organizations, as well as consultants, educators, board leaders, and volunteers participated in basic and follow-up coaching skills training in Battle Creek to date. They added coaching skills to their existing expertise and are using these skills to partner with clients they serve, and with educators, nonprofit boards, and food justice initiatives. Coaching skills enhanced the productivity of meetings and strategic planning sessions, and improved personal communication between community members.
Coaching for Community Transformation Certification Training
Twenty-six (26) participants completed the requirements for the 9-month in-depth certification training and are now Certified Community Coaches serving in the Battle Creek area. These coaches support the community as a part of their regular work roles and expertise. During the training alone, these coaches logged over 1300 hours of community coaching in the Battle Creek area.
A coaching approach is the foundation for the work of the BC Pulse leaders who are CCTC Certified Community Coaches. BC Pulse works to bring local organizations, community leaders and residents together to improve the lives of all children and families in Battle Creek. Through a people-first, collaborative approach, their efforts help coordinate local services, align policies and practices, and provide greater access to quality programs for all Battle Creek residents. http://www.bcpulse.org/
Call or email Virginia Kellogg at 785-597-2228 for more information.