What is Community Coaching? Community Coaching is process of mentoring and guiding community teams organized and working toward community improvement.
In 2011, the Community Coaching Academy will provide a training opportunity for Extension agents to become Community Coaches. Community Coaching is a way that Extension Agents can support the work of community teams in their area.
A Community Coach is someone that provides reflective consultation with community leadership or community groups to help them consider ways to improve:
- public engagement processes
- measurement of goal attainment
- sustainability of a project or effort
- maximum community benefits of projects
- or ways to move forward through impasse
Community Coaching is an approach to building and supporting community change that is sweeping Extension. The Kansas PRIDE Program will begin calling on community coaches in 2011 to help work with community volunteer groups enrolled in PRIDE. Of course - community coaching is not limited to PRIDE. Agents may also find themselves called upon to coach Chamber groups, Civic Groups, committees, organizations, or other community development initiatives.
Important documents on community coaching:
Communities Interested in engaging a coach.
Intro to Coaching.
Investing in community coaching
Community Coaching is becoming an aspect of HOW Extension does its work... and through this approach, will begin to transform communities across Kansas! Sign up today for the Community Coaching Academy!
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- Posted by Dan Kahl, KSRE Associate Specialist. Updated 12-7-10