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  Mailman School
  of Public Health
  Columbia University
  722 West 168th Street,
  8th Floor
  New York, NY 10032











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NOTE: as of April 17, 2007, the Free to Grow program has closed.
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Free To Grow Leadership Approach
Leadership Development: Advocacy


One key component to create healthy environments for children and their families is building a cadre of leaders trained to carry out substance abuse prevention aimed at reducing risk and strengthening protective factors within their communities.  Building Leadership for Community Development is a training program is designed to serve four main purposes.  The training introduces the core principles of Free To Grow and explores the concepts of risk and protective factors, key strategies to facilitate community action and environmental approaches to community change. It gives participants opportunities to practice some of the primary skills critical to carrying out the program approach, including community relationship building, group facilitation, community assessment, and action planning. The training program is also designed to support and enhance the group-building process that emerges as residents meet together over an eight- to ten-week period. The program's experiential activities are structured to illustrate and practice program principles. "Icebreaker" activities provide a counterpoint to some of the more theoretical sections of the training, as well as expand opportunities for relationship-building among group members. Finally, the training and facilitation process is designed to help participants become more reflective of the group dynamic itself. Specifically, participants learn to analyze how their relationships with one another impede or support the overall goals and activities of the group. This skill is critical to helping community action groups to weather the inevitable conflicts and transitions that occur in the life of a functioning group. This training program is available in both English and Spanish.

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Building Leadership for Community Development Foreword Building Leadership for Community Development Foreword (76K)
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Building Leadership for Community Development Introduction Building Leadership for Community Development Introduction (38K)
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Building Leadership for Community Development - Workshop One Building Leadership for Community Development - Workshop One (50K)
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Building Leadership for Community Development - Workshop Two Building Leadership for Community Development - Workshop Two (100K)
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Building Leadership for Community Development - Workshop Three Building Leadership for Community Development - Workshop Three (57K)
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Building Leadership for Community Development - Workshop Four Building Leadership for Community Development - Workshop Four (55K)
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Building Leadership for Community Development - Workshop Five Building Leadership for Community Development - Workshop Five (72K)
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Building Leadership for Community Development - Workshop Six Building Leadership for Community Development - Workshop Six (72K)
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Building Leadership for Community Development - Workshop Seven Building Leadership for Community Development - Workshop Seven (48K)
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Building Leadership for Community Development - Workshop Eight Building Leadership for Community Development - Workshop Eight (59K)
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Building Leadership for Community Development - Workshop Nine Building Leadership for Community Development - Workshop Nine (72K)
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Building Leadership for Community Development - Workshop Ten Building Leadership for Community Development - Workshop Ten (56K)
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 	Building Leadership for Community Development Foreword (Spanish) Building Leadership for Community Development Foreword (Spanish) (469K)
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Building Leadership for Community Development Introduction (Spanish) Building Leadership for Community Development Introduction (Spanish) (467K)
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Building Leadership for Community Development - Workshop One (Spanish) Building Leadership for Community Development - Workshop One (Spanish) (517K)
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Building Leadership for Community Development - Workshop Two (Spanish) Building Leadership for Community Development - Workshop Two (Spanish) (589K)
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Building Leadership for Community Development - Workshop Three (Spanish) Building Leadership for Community Development - Workshop Three (Spanish) (518K)
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Building Leadership for Community Development - Workshop Four (Spanish) Building Leadership for Community Development - Workshop Four (Spanish) (519K)
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Building Leadership for Community Development - Workshop Five (Spanish) Building Leadership for Community Development - Workshop Five (Spanish) (545K)
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Building Leadership for Community Development - Workshop Six (Spanish) Building Leadership for Community Development - Workshop Six (Spanish) (557K)
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Building Leadership for Community Development - Workshop Seven (Spanish) Building Leadership for Community Development - Workshop Seven (Spanish) (513K)
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Building Leadership for Community Development - Workshop Eight (Spanish) Building Leadership for Community Development - Workshop Eight (Spanish) (544K)
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Building Leadership for Community Development - Workshop Nine (Spanish) Building Leadership for Community Development - Workshop Nine (Spanish) (545K)
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Building Leadership for Community Development - Workshop Ten (Spanish) Building Leadership for Community Development - Workshop Ten (Spanish) (519K)
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Building Leadership for Community Development Section Dividers (Spanish) Building Leadership for Community Development Section Dividers (Spanish) (406K)
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Building Leadership for Community Development - Cover Page (Spanish) Building Leadership for Community Development - Cover Page (Spanish) (445K)
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Free To Grow is a national program supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation with direction and technical assistance provided by the Mailman School of Public Health of Columbia University.