Urban Alliance

Program Development Opportunities

Churches and organizations in the UA network can develop stronger programs with UA support through program development opportunities.

2019 Program Development Opportunities Catalog

Featured Program Development Opportunities

Offering Individualized Coaching, Case Management or Care: Individualized coaching, case management or care provides personalized support and can be used to help people achieve a variety of outcomes related to physical or emotional health, increased life stability, parenting skills, or youth development. Offering this type of support helps people make positive life changes and cope with challenges. Coaches and case managers utilize a relational and collaborative process to help people make changes in their lives and overcome challenges. Coaches and case managers help people set personal goals, create specific plans for achieving their goals, and connect them to helpful community resources. Over time, people are able to make changes that lead to positive outcomes. Care providers offer support and encouragement to individuals and families to help them cope with life’s challenges. The following program development opportunities build capacity in programs that currently offer coaching, case management or care, or programs that would like to expand their programming to include these services.

  • Motivational Interviewing Training: Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a collaborative and strength-based approach designed to strengthen personal motivation for and commitment to a specific goal, by drawing out and exploring a person’s own reasons for change. MI may be used in the context of coaching or case management to facilitate various types of behavior change including improved nutrition, increased exercise, increased life stability, improved emotional coping, decreased addictive and unhealthy behaviors, and overall increased likelihood to set and achieve a goal. Programs that support people in making changes in their lives to achieve positive outcomes are encouraged to participate. Program leaders will receive an invitation to this training, which they may share with other program staff and volunteers.

    > > Upcoming Training: Wednesday, July 24 • 9:30am-2:30pm. This training series is open to programs that are receiving support through a UA initiative. Individuals may participate in one or both trainings. Contact Angela Colantonio for more information.

  • Coaching and Case Management Basics Training: This training covers best practices and foundational skills for coaches and case managers to use when helping people set and achieve their personal goals and connect to community resources. A toolkit of basic materials to implement coaching or case management is offered to programs with staff and/or volunteers who complete this training. Program staff and/or volunteers who are new to offering individualized coaching or case management are encouraged to attend. Those who already provide coaching or case management but would like to review key concepts are also welcome to attend. Program leaders will receive an invitation to this training, which they may share with other program staff and volunteers.

    > > Upcoming Training: Thursday, July 25 • 9:30am-2:30pm. This training series is open to programs that are receiving support through a UA initiative. Individuals may participate in one or both trainings. Contact Angela Colantonio for more information.

Youth Scholarship to The Hartford Project: The Hartford Project provides middle- and high-school youth with the opportunity to develop character, leadership skills, new relationships and serve in the city of Hartford through a four-day service learning experience for youth groups. UA provides grant funding to help programs subsidize registration costs for youth in need of financial assistance to participate in THP. Visit urbanalliance.com/grants to download the grant application and learn more.

Youth Scholarship to YX Movement Retreat: YX Movement represents a collaboration of youth ministry leaders that gather regularly to plan collaborative worship events, which are held every other month, and an annual retreat. YX Movement provides middle- and high-school youth with the opportunity to develop character and leadership skills, build new relationships, and grow spiritually through worship events and an annual retreat.

UA provides grant funding to help programs subsidize registration costs for youth in need of financial assistance to participate in YX Movement’s annual retreat. Visit urbanalliance.com/grants to download the grant application and learn more.

Summer Youth Employment Grant: Many youth do not receive the support they need to develop the life and employment skills needed to transition into adulthood. Churches or organizations can offer a teen or young adult (14-18 years of age) an opportunity to gain work experience and develop leadership and employment skills over the summer (from late June through mid-August) and complete an employment skills curriculum while being supported by adult leaders. UA provides grant funding for programs to offer stipends to teens and young adults who are employed through this opportunity. Visit urbanalliance.com/grants to download the grant application and learn more. Contact Rosaicela Rodriguez for more information.

> > Upcoming Orientation: Summer Youth Employment Orientation, Thursday, May 30 • 5:30-7:00pm. Contact Rosaicela Rodriguez for more information.

Child- and Youth-led Service Projects Grant: When children and youth partner with supportive adults to plan and implement service projects, they develop leadership skills and build character. UA offers grant funding for service projects developed, led and implemented by children and youth to positively impact their local community. The Adult-Youth Partnerships as a Strategy for Leadership Development Training is a prerequisite for this grant opportunity. Visit uurbanalliance.com/grants to download the grant application and learn more. Contact Rosaicela Rodriguez for more information.

> > Upcoming Training: Adult-Youth Partnerships as a Strategy for Promoting Youth Leadership Training, Thursday, May 30 • 5:30-7:00pm. Contact Rosaicela Rodriguez for more information.