Roaring Fork Center for Community Leadership

RFL provides the opportunity, and the framework, for a diverse group of individuals to come together to transform their lives, work environments, and community. RFL believes that the investment in people, and their leadership, pays off for decades. Donate today to RFL!

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RFL Mastermind

Class

Community Development 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Females
Hispanic, Latino Heritage
Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgender
Unemployed, Underemployed

Description

In Mastermind, participants will hone their business and personal skills by challenging each other to create goals, brainstorm ideas, and support each other. Mastermind identifies the hidden problems that keep people from mastering the gap between the results they are currently producing and the results they want to produce.

The Mastermind program consists of monthly meetings over five months, with up to 14 participants per program.

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Evidence of Program's Success

We conduct evaluations and receive feedback that the program has transformed individuals into attaining their goals where they can see their blind spots and open them up to new possibilities.

RFL Spark: Youth Leadership

Class

Youth Development 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Children (4-12 years)

Description

Spark is a youth leadership program intended to increase social, emotional, and leadership learning for young people, grades K-12. The program's goal is to "empower youth to be the next generation of leaders in the Roaring Fork Valley and beyond."

The eight-week middle school program aims to set kids up for success by building self-sufficiency and personal capacity. It teaches life skills that include interpersonal awareness, assertiveness, communication, problem-solving, sound decision making, integrity and conflict resolution.

Not only does Spark give kids the tools they need to communicate effectively, by also to advocate for themselves and others, and build healthy relationships. Most importantly, leadership is a means by which youth can participate in a just and equitable society where they are valued.

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Evidence of Program's Success

We have had great success with students increasing their emotional skills and life preparedness. We have received valuable feedback through surveys and word of mouth from participants, parents and teachers.

RFL Live

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Disabled
Families
General population
Hispanic, Latino Heritage
Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgender

Description

We also offer our Speaker Series. These programs are open to the community and we plan to offer 4-6 in the coming year. Those will be 1) Women's Leadership Conference, 2) Mastering Leadership for Business, 3) DISC: Effective Communication, 4) How to Regulate Stress, 5) Conflict Resolution and more.

These programs can have $1,250 operational expenses per event that we try to cover by charging a fee to attend such as the speaker fee, venue fee, and administration fee. We typically have approx. 10-20 people attend each of our Live events/programs. We'd love to, at a minimum double the attendance with a goal of 50 attendees per event.

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Evidence of Program's Success

RFL Live event offer a snapshot into the additional programming we have to non-alumni or offers refresher leadership learners to our alumni. In the age of acceleration, we are offering skills that are needed to keep up with the trends.

We get positive feedback from the attendees and plan to continue the effort/events in the coming years. We had between 10-40 people attend the various events, which was our goal. We had both non-alumni and alumni attend.

RFL Connect

Class

Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Adults

Description

Connect is designed as an online matching system with the goal of aligning community members' skills and interests with relevant volunteer leadership opportunities for local non-profit organizations and municipalities. The system enables matches in two ways: volunteer opportunities for individuals and a place for the organization offering the volunteer opportunity to post the available volunteer opportunities that are available.

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Evidence of Program's Success

We have a very active facebook page with listings of volunteer opportunities in the area. We also have community members signing up through the system to be matched with volunteer opportunities.

RFL CoLab

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Adults

Description

RFL Colab is our collaborative solution division which offers customized training and facilitation based on an organization's specific needs. We build specific training that incorporates your organization's culture. Our programs are innovative, experiential, adaptive, and interactive.

We specialize in:
Emotional Intelligence
Emotional Intelligence Assessments
Communication & Conflict
Decision Making
Effective Teams
Strategic Development
Expectations & Accountability
Integrity & Trust
Time Management

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Evidence of Program's Success

We have been asked to come back, time and time again, to provide these services to organizations in our community. We conduct evaluations that continue to benchmark us in attaining and surpassing goals.

RFL Academy

Class

Community Development 

Beneficiaries

Disabled
General population
Hispanic, Latino Heritage
Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgender
Unemployed, Underemployed

Description

Roaring Fork Leadership Academy helps individuals and organizations build effective leaders through training, practice, and application. Our leadership training and programs immerse individuals in experiential learning to shift conversations from 'right/wrong' to 'what works/doesn't work'. This builds a safe and trusted environment so that collaborative decision making and civic dialogue are possible. Upon completion of the programs, we connect our leaders to opportunities to serve for the betterment of our local communities.

We do this through our annual program which consists of 3 elements:

Personal growth and development
Skill building
Working in a team on a civic project

Our annual program entails taking 40 community members through 100+ hours of training and dialogue critical for personal, professional, and community problem solving and effectiveness. Inside of the 'program' participants take on civic projects as a 'laboratory' for practicing new ways of 'being' a leader.

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Evidence of Program's Success

We have consistently seen a 'shift' in thinking from our graduates for the past 5 years through the evaluations/surveys. They have increased personal responsibility for issues affecting their community, are more likely to lead a community group and are more likely to run for an elected office or position on a board.

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