RootSkills In-Person Training (Newport, RI)


Saturday, April 1, 2017 -

10:00am to 3:30pm



Sliding scale $50 - $80, Students $10

Register Today!   

Join fellow Grassroots Fund grantees, nonprofit leaders, and passionate citizens on April 1, 2017 at the Newport Hyatt (Newport, RI) for the first RootSkills In-Person Training as part of the Grassroots Fund's 2017 RootSkills Training Series. This year's series theme is "Building Resilient Communities", through Spirit in Action's Theory of Transformation to collectively transform the world by working with communities to Reimagine culture, Resist domination, Reform institutions, and Recreate society. 

We welcome you to learn, share, & work together to develop actionable, holistic strategies that create more inclusive communities & programs. At this event, we’ll be grappling with tough questions, sharing inspiring solutions, and looking to hear from YOU!

Scholarships are available here!

Sponsor this Training! Exhibit at this Training!

Why attend the RootSkills In-Person Training?

  • Speed Seed Application rounds - Apply for a grant in Newport with the help of Grassroots Fund staff!
  • 12 interactive workshops, on topics from fundraising to marketing to youth organizing, lead by community leaders and organizers from across New England 
  • A lunchtime panel on Civic Engagement from local community leaders 
  • Meet and network with fellow grantees and grassroots community organizers

This event is open to community members interested in social justice, building bridges between silos, and working to develop a plan towards building a more just and sustainable society. 

Keynote Speaker - Lee Farrow

Lee Farrow is currently a Community Scholar and Adjunct Professor at Stonehill College. Appointed in 2011, she has taught a number of classes, including Leadership, Women and Community Organizing; Community Grassroots, with a focus on historical and modern day labor / social movements. She has also organized the Annual Women’s Leadership Summit at Stonehill for students, community leaders, professors and nonprofit organizations. Lee also co-teaches a rotational workshop series to neighborhood leaders for Mothers for Justice and Equality organization, a Boston based non-profit group whose mission is to “end neighborhood violence, by empowering survivors of violence to become effective change agents in their community and in their home”.

Lee is in the Pastor’s Scholar Program at Boston University’s Graduate School of Theology. There she is concentrating on the linkages between community building/social justice work, and the principles/values of forgiveness/restorative justice/spirituality, as it relates to incarceration and community re-entry. Her study in this field supports a developing prison project, Do-Right Ministries: a social mission, which features long term prisoner’s mixed media art and its intersection with forgiveness, redemption, and lessons of renewal. Lee is the Founder and Managing Director of Organizing for Survival, a nonprofit organization, that supports organizational and leadership development activities, both in start-up organizations, and among community-led social justice /movement building groups.

Before moving to Massachusetts in 2004, Lee led The Harlem Children’s Zone’s community organizing and civic engagement work for more that eleven years. She also led a tenant organizing and affordable housing cooperative movement for ten years at Urban Homesteading Assistance Board in NYC.

Read Lee's full bio here. 

This in-person training is brought to you from the New England Grassroots Environment Fund through the RootSkills Training Series. 

Thank you to our wonderful RootSkills Sponsors!