Orange County Community Leadership Institute (OCCLI) A Pilot Project for 2011
WHAT IS OCCLI:
This is an exciting moment. OCCLI is a new leadership development project with goals to build leadership capabilities across Orange County. Collaborating to create interactive and instructive classes, the sessions will allow participants to meet and learn from other leaders across the county. These pilot sessions are designed to build upon prior training for existing leaders and require a set of skills and commitment to community change efforts. The first graduating class will be critical participants in forming the institute going forward and will have the opportunity to influence its implementation going forward.
WHO ARE WE:
The Orange County Community Leadership Institute (OCCLI) is a collaborative effort of four trusted grass-roots and visionary non-profit organizations; each dedicated to building low-income families social movement networks. The partners in this collaborative effort are the Kennedy Commission (KC), Latino Health Access (LHA), Orange County Congregation Community Organization (OCCCO) and Orange County Communities Organized for Responsible Development (OCCORD).
WHY HAVE WE COME TOGETHER:
Despite many small victories in our local communities, leaders from our organizations are hungry for bigger and better things. We believe small victories in our local communities are important and we continue to address them. However, these small victories have not addressed the unjust policies and systems that afflict our communities. These unjust policies and systems are complex and far reaching. Without a broader and deeper understanding of these policies and how they developed, our leaders will not be able to effectively change them. Also, many of our leaders and organizations have historically been working in their own “silos”. We need to build common power to go beyond small local victories. Our families are suffering much systemic hardship in our communities partly because we have not learned from each other and coalesced power.
WHAT DO WE HOPE TO ACCOMPLISH:
OCCLI hopes to leverage the four organizational resources, institutional knowledge and networks to create the curriculum and intends to build upon the existing networks.
The broad outcomes of this partnership will lead to the following over time:
1. Develop a common vision for social change 2. Learn how to overcome barriers that keep us from reaching our collective vision 3. Build leadership capabilities across Orange County
These four organizations represent distinct advocacy and policy work that complement the formation of a leadership institute. The ultimate goal is to build individual and organizational capacity to advocate for social, economic and political change at the local, county and state level for issues impacting working families.