At RCRG, a big part of what we do is capacity building. When we say that, though, we're often met with blank stares. What does it mean to build community capacity? Well, our focus, specifically, is the voluntary sector, where building capacity means growing Richmond's volunteer base, and enhancing the ability of local non-profit organizations to recruit, train, and engage volunteers.
We created Leadership Richmond - which comprises three programs - to carry out this important work.
Youth Now gives high school graduates under the age of 26 an opportunity to serve on a non-profit board of directors. Over the course of the year-long program, participants develop their leadership skills, while receiving guidance from a board mentor. They also take part in a series of conferences, on topics ranging from strategic planning, to fund development, to board governance.
Through Youth Now, young people get to contribute to their community in a meaningful way, while non-profit organizations benefit from the new ideas and fresh perspectives of young community leaders.
We're now accepting applications for the 2018-19 edition of Youth Now, which kicks off in September. You can download an application form below, along with a brochure featuring more details on this year's program, including a complete schedule of leadership conferences. Spaces are limited, so it's a good idea to apply early. And while we hope you won't wait until the last minute, the final day to apply is Tuesday, September 4.
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Richmond is full of generous businesses that support a wide range of community causes. But how can they ensure that their support is resulting in the greatest possible impact? That's where the Richmond Caring Companies program comes in. We work with local businesses to develop and implement community engagement strategies, tailored to each company's resources and philanthropic goals.
As part of the program, we also organize an annual Day of Caring, giving businesses, their employees, and their families a chance to take part in a volunteer service project.
To find out how the Caring Companies program can help your business enhance its community involvement, call 604-279-7020.
Under the umbrella of Community, we offer a variety of training opportunities for the non-profit sector - everything from two-hour workshops to our six-week Volunteer Management Training Series. Whether you're a seasoned non-profit professional, or are just getting started in the field, attending our training is a great way to gain new knowledge and skills that you can put into practice at your organization.
To view a complete listing of our workshops and courses, and to register, visit our Training Centre.