Be Present, inc.'s National Network Leadership Development is grounded in the Be Present Empowerment Model®. This replicable leadership model teaches how to effectively change the dynamics of power and address how the effects of racism, classism, sexism, homophobia, and all forms of oppression often disconnect people from their vision. Disconnection from vision halts our ability to build effective alliances that leverage our collective power to expose systemic inequalities, confront institutional practices, initiate policy reform, reallocate crucial resources, and foster sustainable change.
Be Present, Inc. has built a local and national network of social justice activists on the practice of this innovative leadership model.
BE PRESENT DEVELOPMENT STRUCTURES
BE PRESENT PEER SUPPORT GROUPS – Individual Leadership
Be Present Support Groups are the most basic unit of leadership development. Each group is made up of three to seven people who meet on a regular basis as determined by the group members. The agenda for the Be Present Peer Support Group© is each person’s personal growth and leadership development.
It is the responsibility of the other people in the group to simultaneously listen to and understand each person, while also being aware that what s/he is saying may bring up feelings and past experiences that can cloud their ability to really hear her/him. It is this awareness, and willingness to work on these issues as they arise, that allows people to stay present with one another and support each other’s growth and development. This process allows each member of the Be Present Peer Support Group© to speak honestly and openly; to develop personal plans for change;and to receive support in a safe and trusting enviornment that sustains their movement forward.
BE PRESENT REGIONAL ORGANIZING CORE GROUPS – Community Action
Regional Organizing Core Groups© are community organizing catalyst. Individuals who are active in Peer Support Groups and want to expand their leadership skills can join a Be Present Regional Organizing Core Group©. Members meet monthly to recruit, develop, and expand group development by organizing events, as well as building alliances and coalitions with local organizations. They receive intensive facilitators’ training in the Be Present Empowerment Model® to work through organizational issues and group dynamics, as well as to strenghen their organizing and advocacy skills.
For more information on Core Groups please visit our Regional Organizing Core Group Page.
Black and Female: What is the Reality?© explores the realities of being Black and female in a society tainted by racism, sexism, classism, homophobia and other forms of oppression. It provides safe and nurturing spaces for African American and African descent women and girls to explore, affirm, and celebrate sisterhood. In 2008, Be Present, Inc. celebrated the 25th Year Anniversary of Black & Female: What Is The Reality? at a weeklong celebration in
Black & Female One-Day Community Trainings on HIV/AIDS, initiated in 2005, bring together diverse African American women community leaders and organizers from schools, colleges, places of worship, and women and girls-serving organizations to receive training on the Be Present Empowerment Model®, to examine risk factors, as well as to address how the daily dynamics of race, gender, power and class affect African American women and girls personally and politically and have an impact on collective efforts for improved reproductive health and rights.
Sisters & Allies provides safe and nurturing spaces for all women and girls to acknowledge and celebrate similarities and differences across lines of race, class, gender, age, sexuality, and physical abilities.
Breaking Silences, Building Relationships introduces the Be Present Empowerment Model® in a daylong dialogue with Jews, Blacks, Whites and People of Color to explore the impact of racism, anti-Semitism, gender, power and class on our individual and collective well-being. This journey began with women and girls, and in 2006 these workshops expanded to include men and boys.
Mothers, Sisters, Daughters provides women and girls of diverse ages the opportunity to come together in a daylong process of self-discovery and community sharing of experiences.
Mothers & Sons/Daughters & Fathers explores the issues that have an impact on our interactions, and allow us to build conscious relationships that lead to better understanding and appreciation with the men and boys in women and girls’ lives.
For more information on Upcoming Trainings please visit our Upcoming Events page
Girls’ Leadership Training Program is an ongoing project that provides opportunities for leadership development and relationship building among girls from diverse social, economic, and racial communities. The program provides supportive environments in which girls (8-12 and 13-18) can learn how to be with each other in positive ways, learn to develop peer interaction and communication skills, and work through issues that stymie their efforts to see themselves as valuable leaders for personal and collective change.
National Network Leadership Convening bring leaders within the Be Present, Inc. network together on an annual basis in to receive the next level of leadership training, to share knowledge and best practices, and to develop strategies for next steps.
National Training Institutes on the Issues encompass six intensive training sessions over a period of 18 months. Participants learn how to use the Be Present Empowerment Model® to effectively change the dynamics of power and to directly address the myriad ways that racism, classism, sexism, anti-Semitism, homophobia and all forms of oppression have an impact on their ability tosustain their leadership in moving forward a social justice agenda. The Institutes culminate with participants and trainers organizing, implementing and leading a National Conference to share best practices on how they use the Be Present Empowerment Model® for personal and organizational transformation.