A member of Lawrence CommunityWorks (LCW) is an individual who lives, works, or volunteers in Lawrence and actively supports the mission of LCW. LCW members are deeply committed to bettering the city of Lawrence, working within the LCW network, taking on increased leadership roles and offering their leadership, skills and expertise to strengthening LCW and the quality of life in the city we call home.
In order to prepare and empower the membership of LCW to take on this mission, we invite members to participate in the PODER Leadership Institute.
In Spanish, PODER has two meanings. As a verb it means “to be able to…” and as a noun it means “power.” Both meanings of PODER add up to the ability of people to build power to ‘be able to’ make positive things happen. PODER is a self-development and leadership building experience which is organized and run for our members.
Through this experience members will gain a deep understanding of Lawrence CommunityWorks, its mission, philosophies guiding practice and the cultural context that it exists within. Through this understanding, participants will gain skills and further their knowledge to become leaders or enhance their leadership within the organization and the community at large.
How does PODER Work?
Members are invited to participate in a PODER class or cohort. Each cohort will have 10-20 individuals and last for 3 months for 11 sessions. Since the team building aspect of PODER is critical to its success, participants will be expected to participate fully and attend all sessions (of course, exceptions will be made).
This class is FREE, but each individual will be asked to provide food for the entire class during one of the sessions.
Goals of the PODER:
Class 1: What is leadership?
Class 2: What and who is LCW?
Class 4: Network Organizing – what does this practice mean?
Class 5: Lawrence Politics
Class 6: Making ends meet in Lawrence
Class 7: Youth and Education
Class 8: Community Development Corporations and the LCW Board
Class 9: Where do we go from here?
Class 10: Building your campaign/action/practice
Class 11: Continuation of action plan
Class 12: Graduation Celebration