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Create a Personal Plan for Change | Start a Be Present Support Group

Be Present Support Groups are the most basic unit of leadership development. Each group is made up of three to five people who meet on a regular basis as determined by the group members. The agenda for the Be Present 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 they are saying may bring up feelings and past experiences that can cloud their ability to really hear them. 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 environment that sustains their movement forward.

To start a Be Present Peer Support Group attend a Monthly Leadership Development Meeting and email us to request the Be Present® Facilitator’s Guide.

Build Community | Join a Be Present Regional Organizing Core Group

One of Be Present’s central tenets is the importance of developing leadership in communities and connecting communities to a vibrant national network engaged in the work of social justice. We recognize and honor the important work that is happening in many communities throughout the country and offer the Be Present Empowerment Model® as a tool for dialogue, learning and practice in addressing the impact of race, gender, class and power issues on personal and collective well-being, effectiveness and sustainability.

Regional Organizing Core Groups are Be Present’s community building vehicles for diverse leaders, activists, and community members to organize, mobilize, and support local efforts. Individuals who are active in Be Present 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 facilitating monthly leadership development meetings, 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 strengthen their organizing and advocacy skills.

To learn more or join a Core Group meeting, connect with one of our Regions.

Engage in Collective Governance | Join the National Board of Directors

Regional Organizing Core Group members are represented in the National Board of Directors. Our unique structure ensures that local community building efforts remain aligned and support the strategic direction of the organization. Using the Be Present Empowerment Model ensures all voices are heard and shape plans — while having a great time! Children youth and adults govern collectively in relationships rooted in trust, respect and creativity.

To learn more or join a Board Meeting, connect with our board development committee.

Work Together on Common Goals | Join a Committee

Community members interested in supporting the vision and mission of Be Present, Inc. are invited to join one or more standing board committees. These committees serve to train and orient future board members as well as to build individual and organizational capacity.

To learn more or join a Committee Meeting, connect with our board development committee by contacting us.