Community Ambassador Action Collaborative

A homelessness-experience grassroots advocacy group instilling dignity, respect, love, and hope to everyone with homes, and those without, to our neighbors and the greater communities; in loving memory of all those experiencing homelessness who have died of inclement weather.

Homelessness

Community Ambassador

Training Program

UNIT 1 – HOPE & SELF-EMPOWERMENT

  1. Belief Systems
  • Respect & Hope
  • Mutuality
  • Common Experiences
  1. Hope of Recovery
  • Trust, Safety, & Respect through Community
  • Resisting Pessimism & Realizing Dreams
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Beyond your Comfort Zone
  • Growing into a ‘Greater’ Purpose
  1. Delivering the Mission Far Away
  • Peers of Peers [Experiencing Homelessness]
  • Peers of an Agency’s Personnel
  • Canvassing
  1. Empowerment Principles
  • Within the Individual
  • Within a Group / Community
  1. Power Dynamics
  • “Control” within Relationships
  • Exerting “Control”
  • Choice & Trauma
    • Accepting Others’ Choices

UNIT 2 – ALIGNING ENVIRONMENT & VALUES

  1. Refereeing
  1. Reasonable Accommodations
  1. Communication Styles
  1. Public Speaking
  1. Support Group Function & Design

UNIT 3 – DEFINING LEADERSHIP

  1. Defining Leadership
  • Values / Principles
  • “The Big Picture”
  • Defining a Mission & Vision
  • Culture & Diversity
  • Divisions of Leaders
  1. Qualities of Effective Leaders
  • Perspective-taking & Self-reflection
  • Honesty & Trust
  • Valuing Strengths
  • Balancing priorities
  1. Responsibilities & Functions
  2. Supporting Leadership
  3. Leadership Qualities

UNIT FOUR – FUNCTIONAL TASKS & TIME

  1. Direction Setting
  2. Prioritizing Tasks
  3. Communicating with the Government
  4. Letters to the Editor & Media Relations
  5. Analyzing Problems – Exercise
  6. Action Planning – Exercise

UNIT FIVE – APPRECIATIVE INQUIRY & SUCCESSION

  1. Giving Guidance
  2. Blame and Appreciation
  3. Effective Supervision
  4. Following Up Exercise

UNIT SIX – VOICE FOR A CAUSE

  1. Defining Advocacy
  2. Self-Advocacy
  3. Peer Advocacy
  4. Systems Advocacy
  • Serving on Boards / Councils / Committees
  • Service Area Authorities & BH Local Advisory Councils
  1. Non-Profits: Lobbying v. Educating
  2. Presenting Your Case Exercise
  3. Peer & Systems Advocacy Exercise(s)
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