Workshops for Organizations

COFI provides specialized, intensive training for staff and leaders from other organizations so that they can strengthen parent engagement in their social service, advocacy, education, and organizing efforts. The COFI Institute Train-the-Trainer/Organizer series includes an orientation plus workshops for each of the three phases of our organizing model. Please see the descriptions and registration information below or print the schedule of upcoming sessions.

Workshops are held a few times a year at our Chicago offices. If you are interested in bringing a COFI trainer to your team in a different location, please email us or call (312) 226-5141.



Orientation to Family Focused Organizing

This 2-day hands-on and participatory session introduces COFI’s Family Focused Organizing model to staff and/or parent leaders from a range of organizations, including community organizing groups, advocacy organizations, schools, government, and social service agencies. Participants will meet COFI parent leaders and will gain firsthand experience with the model.

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Workshop dates:

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 - Wednesday, October 26, 2016 (2 days)

Fee: $350 / person, includes lunch each day and site visit

Registration and payment due: Friday, October 14, 2016

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Phase One: Self, Family & Team

(includes Orientation to Family Focused Organizing)

This 4-day session is for people who plan to incorporate the Family Focused Organizing model, or parts of it, in their own community groups, schools, and agencies. This training teaches how to recruit parents, how to use COFI’s training curriculum for leadership development, and how the process works to build power. It includes in-depth exploration of COFI’s organizing process and hands-on practice for trainers.

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Topics

  • Overview of COFI’s Family Focused Organizing Model
  • Self, Family & Team Goals and Process
  • Role of Facilitator / Role of Organizer
  • How Adults Learn
  • Recruiting Parents
  • Team Building
  • Hands-On Practice of Curriculum Pieces

Workshop dates:

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 - Friday, October 28, 2016 (4 days)

Fee: $600 / person, includes Phase One manual and lunch each day

Registration and payment due: Friday, October 14, 2016

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Phase Two: Community Outreach & Action

At our 3.5-day Phase Two training, we’ll teach you how to build a team of community residents, do one-on-one relationship building interviews, map a community, including a power analysis, choose an issue campaign, and support leaders to win tangible victories in their communities. It includes in-depth exploration of the second phase of COFI’s organizing process and a community field trip.

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Topics

  • Community Outreach & Action Goals and Process
  • One-on-One Relationship Building
  • Community Mapping and Planning
  • Supporting Parents in Winning Community Change
  • Hands-On Practice of Curriculum Pieces

Workshop dates:

Tuesday, March 07, 2017 - Friday, March 10, 2017 (3.5 days)

Fee: $550 / person, includes Phase Two manual, lunch each day except Friday, and community field trip

Registration and payment due: Friday, February 24, 2017

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Phase Three: Policy & Systems Change The COFI Way

Our 3-day Phase Three program will help prepare you to implement Phase Three, bringing together a number of parent teams to work on their first policy change campaign aimed at creating change on behalf of children and families. We’ll teach you COFI’s five-step process to policy and systems change, the values behind this work and how to implement the advanced leadership curriculum.

Dates and registration information coming soon.

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Topics

  • The Five-Step Model to Policy Change
  • The Role of Parents in Policy Change
  • Supporting Parents in Winning Policy & Systems Change

Details TBA