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On the Verge Leadership Training Completes with Final Project: [dis]connect

Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation
Published on September 28, 2018

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Over the past year, fourteen leaders from community-based organizations have participated in the On the Verge Leadership Program (OTV) as part of their commitment to personal and professional development. OTV is a year-long program designed to develop and retain emerging leaders in the family-strengthening field, a field that typically has a very high turnover rate. OTV was piloted last year (learn more about it here); the program was so effective and successful in serving our region’s nonprofits and their constituents that Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation (TTCF) and the Community Collaborative of Tahoe Truckee (CCTT) were grateful for the opportunity to facilitate another year’s cohort.

For the final project, they collected more than 50 stories about people’s experiences living in the Tahoe-Truckee Region, stories of both belonging and not belonging. Using photographs, quotes, and monologues, [dis] connect told stories of significant connection and disconnection, and how that shapes the people of our community. Nearly 50 people attended the event at Sierra College, and the exhibit is still on display and will be moved to a space in Truckee eventually.

When our nonprofit professionals are able to feel supported and connected to one another, it strengthens our entire community and provides a level of stability across the sector’s services. This is accomplished through the following outcomes:

  • Provide Leadership Development for New and Emerging Leaders
  • Improve Retention of Brightest Leaders: On The Verge offers leaders the opportunity to renew their passion and develop coping skills, to sustain their leadership over time and prevent burn-out.
  • Build the Family Resource Center (FRC) leadership pipeline by creating more opportunities for professional advancement: On The Verge will support leaders to step into new organizational roles and professional growth.
  • Cultivate interdependent teams across intervening systems: On The Verge is the only leadership development program building interdependent, interdisciplinary teams to transform communities.