In recent years "Be the Change" has been a call to action; encouraging people to be the change they wish to see in the world. Often times, translating our beliefs into sustained action, collaborating inclusively with people of different backgrounds, and sustaining effective alliances across communities and sectors proves to be more challenging. The reality is that we live in a culture where issues of race, gender, class and power are woven through the fabric of our relationships, communities, organizations and movements. They have an impact on all aspects of all our lives in subtle and not so subtle ways. We see and feel the impact every day. How do we change it and thereby change the world?
For 30 years, Be Present has been teaching the Be Present Empowerment Model, a collective leadership model that supports people to deal with difficult issues, to work beyond them to form lasting relationships across historical barriers, and to build strong alliances. Grounded in social justice principles and values, the Model supports individuals, families, schools, organizations and coalitions to affect positive change.
Take your place in the circle as we come together with a full range of class experiences, races, ethnicities and abilities to have the conversations and develop the skills that bring about real change.
Be Present National Training Institute on Race, Gender, Power & Class encompasses a series of six intensive training sessions over a period of 18 months. It creates a safe community of practice where open and authentic dialogue on the issues emerges. Each session builds on the skills and knowledge of the previous ones. Upon completion of the training series, participants organize and facilitate a National Conference to share best practices on using the Model for individual, organizational and community transformation.
Are you interested in learning more? Attend the Institute Introductory Session to experience the Be Present Empowerment Model and learn more about how the Be Present National Training Institute on Race, Gender, Power & Class can support you, your family, colleagues and partners to be the change. It is not necessary to commit to the entire Institute series to attend this introductory session.