The Strong Field Project has helped me to identify my own skills and strengths and to leverage those when faced with challenges. It gave me the tools necessary to have courageous conversations with co-workers, community partners, and potential collaborators. I no longer fear change or transition. Instead, I view it as an opportunity.
- Cohort II Participant
Cohorts 1-4 of The Strong Field Project
THE STRONG FIELD PROJECT
is aimed at building a strong, coordinated network of domestic violence service providers in California. Blue Shield of California Foundation (BSCF) funding provides grants, trainings, and other opportunities that support a critical mass of domestic violence organizations, and leaders equipped to advance a stronger field.
The project develops individual leadership skills, stronger organizations, and expanded networking and knowledge-sharing opportunities across the field.
BSCF partners with the following organizations to deliver key components of this work:
CompassPoint Nonprofit Services
Organizational Strength Grants
Women's Foundation of California
Training and Networking
California Partnership to End Domestic Violence
Jemmott Rollins Group
Learn more about the program (and all of its components) at the Blue Shield of California Foundation's Strong Field Project page here.
LEARNING LAB KICKS OFF
The Network Weaver Learning Lab (NWLL), launched by Management Assistance Group and CompassPoint, is an 18-month program that creates a space for leaders to develop their thinking and practice and to explore and experiment together on ways to advance the movement to end relationship-based violence.
The Blue Shield of California Foundation's Strong Field Project page has resources, stories, tools, and more ways to engage with The Strong Field Project.
"My cohort [and the program] kept me grounded when I felt most untethered, which helped me see myself as part of the movement, not just part of an organization and mired in a narrow-view of service provision. I always wanted to feel that passion I had when I first began this work, and [the leadership development program] and my peers helped me get back to that."
– Cohort III Leader
Both veteran and emerging domestic leaders need opportunities to refresh and develop necessary skills. CompassPoint Nonprofit Services offers a customized program for leaders from domestic violence organizations. The program is producing a critical mass of individuals equipped to inspire others, make smart business decisions, and consider new ways of service delivery. Leaders participate in 18-month program cycles that include individual and peer coaching, intensive seminars and curriculum, policy education, networking, and alumni gatherings.
For a full list of past participants, click here.
ABOUT THE LEADERSHIP
Building a stronger, more diverse critical mass of domestic violence leaders in California.
A cohort of up to twenty leaders from California organizations working to end domestic violence participates in an eighteen-month program where they learn together through in-person gatherings, webinars, facilitated peer learning groups, a 360-degree assessment, an online community, organizational learning opportunities, individual leadership coaching, and alumni convenings.
Through the course of the program, participants experience the following:
- They explore leadership frameworks that unlock new ways of looking at challenges.
- They practice strengths-based leadership and deepen their awareness about their own approach to leadership.
- They learn coaching skills to support themselves and each other in taking on complex challenges.
- They examine how race, power, and privilege show up in organizations and in their personal leadership practices.
- They engage in opportunities to take learning back to their organizations to deepen the impact of their experience in the program.
- They create an individual development plan and receive support from peers and facilitators to reach their goals.
- They engage in physical practices like Tai Ji to deepen their personal leadership stance.
- They practice self-care and personal sustainability and draw a direct connection to how it makes organizations and movements more resilient and sustainable.
- They build meaningful, lasting relationships with other domestic violence leaders in California to contribute to a powerful, vibrant network of social changemakers.
As a result of the Strong Field Project's Leadership Development Program, stakeholders in the domestic violence field report the following:
- A larger critical mass exists of respected domestic violence leaders who recognize the need and opportunity for change,
- Stronger collaborative and individual leadership in the California domestic violence field,
- More time and opportunities to reflect, connect as a network, and innovate.
Senior Project Director at CompassPoint (Former)
Our special thanks to The Blue Shield of California Foundation, whose support makes it possible for us to work with domestic violence leaders across the state.