About The Training Institute:
To affect sustained social change for our most vulnerable, we must disrupt the traditional social service model and move toward a more effective one of social enterprise. The More Than Words (MTW) 3 day training will dive deep into 3 foundational areas vital to empowering individual transformation through social enterprise:
The training will provide strategies, tools and techniques that participants can hone and implement in their work. This training is designed for those new to the field of social enterprise who are eager to learn as well as experienced professionals ready to exchange practices within a social enterprise community. We are pleased to be able to offer these trainings multiple times during the course of the year. All classes are taught by the senior leadership team at MTW.
About the Organization:
For the past 15 years More Than Words has built and refined a model that has empowered our community’s most vulnerable young people—those who are in the foster care system, court-involved, homeless or out of school—to transform their lives through the power of social enterprise. By learning to run their own retail and online book business, our youth are able to generate over $3.2 million in revenue while also working towards earning diplomas, enrolling in college, and securing employment.
More Than Words believes that a successful social enterprise that leads to real change in people’s lives must have a reciprocal and integrated focus on both the people and the business. In order to engage youth to transform their lives, it is vital that MTW runs a legitimate and robust business. And, in order to run a successful and rigorous business, we must authentically and deeply engage and empower our young people. We can’t do one without the other. And, tying it all together is a fanatical focus on data, evaluation and learning to ensure we get results for both.
* Day One – The Power of Social Enterprise (5 CEUs available)
Objective 1: Learn how Social Enterprise is a powerful vehicle for supporting transition-age youth as they prepare for adulthood and future work, education and life.
Objective 2: Gain close-up, unique insight to the history and theory of change of More Than Words including a tour and conversation panels with youth and staff.
Objective 3: Learn the Social Enterprise practice framework and strategies most effective with young adults. Identify actionable steps to transfer knowledge to other settings and programs.
* Day Two – Sustaining Program Quality with Data & Evaluation (5 CEUs available)
Objective 1: Learn best practices for incorporating data and evaluation into your staff and participants’ daily work.
Objective 2: Hone your performance management plan to align to the work you do with participants, the performance targets and tracking for your staff, and overaching goals for your organization.
Objective 3: Design evaluations and reporting that reinforces your theory of change and empowers participants, staff, and leadership with a deep understanding of your program model.
* Day Three – Leveraging Social Enterprise to Deliver on Your Mission (5 CEUs available)
Objective 1: With authentic empowerment see first-hand and learn how program participants can lead and operate complex, robust businesses.
Objective 2: Go deep into the MTW business moels and learn to drive revenue and track performance metrics.
Objective 3: Learn how to balance your mission and margin while authentically engaging youth to move their lives forward by building future employment and education skills.
MTW is committed to ensuring a diverse range of participants for our Training Institute, and is happy to provide two partial scholarships to deserving individuals looking to expand their knowledge of the social enterprise field. Applicants must complete and submit the following application to be considered for a spot in the class.
For questions or to request more information about our Training Institute please contact Director of Strategic Initiatives Bobby Nasson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-674-5559. A minimum number of 5 participants per session is required to run the Training Institute, and MTW reserves the right to cancel sessions if this number has not been reached. In this case, participants will be provided with a full refund.
“Participating in the More Than Words three day Training Institute was a huge gift. It enabled us to learn new skills, acquire new perspectives, and focus on developing our youth run enterprise with the highly successful More Than Words approach.” – Judy, Founder/Executive Director, Treehouse Foundation
“I really appreciated the opportunity to reignite with a group of individuals doing similar work, and with similar struggles. I loved learning about the structure that MTW has in place to support youth growth. Their process and operations are very well thought out, and powered by a grouop of very passionate people. Thank you!” – Celia, Commonwealth Corporation
“Thank you so much for inspiring us with your authenticity and ingenuity! We left Boston last night buzzing with all of possibilities and learnings for our community in Chicago. Beyond the records, books, shirts and socks we bought in the store, what we’re really thrilled to bring home with us are your thoughts, smiles, wisdom, and solidarity. Wicked awesome Institute, you guys!” – Bobby White, Cara Chicago