RootSkills In-Person Training (Newport, RI)

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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!

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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 - Fran Smith

Our RootSkills Keynote will include a communal reading and dialogue facilitated by Fran Smith. The texts used will be an address delivered by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to the American Jewish Congress and the 17 Environment Justice Principles from the First People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit. The post-reading dialogue will give participants a chance to explore the text and its relevance to our current organizing efforts for racial, social and environmental justice.  

Fran Smith is a seasoned community organizer and facilitative leader for racial justice.  She began her work as a pro-school desegregation student organizer in the 70’s in Boston.  Since that time she has worked in the nonprofit and public sector running youth development projects, working on local and national education reform efforts, and former Affirmative Action Officer for City of Weymouth. Fran just began a new role as the Organizing Director for the New Lynn Coalition, in Lynn MA. Turita, her daughter and Rita, her mom are her anchors. 

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!