every member can be a leader

Community Leadership is a series of workshops that combines education, networking, and practical application. Our down-to-earth approach to skill-building gives co-op members the tools they need to be successful leaders in their communities—and beyond. This is an opportunity to gather ideas from fellow co-op members from across the state and identify areas for collaboration and peer-to-peer support.

Community leaders are the engines of thriving resident-owned communities.

We believe every community member is, has been, or could be, a community leader: volunteers, committee chairs, elected directors, and members who are willing to step up when needed. Leadership roles are as varied as the tasks that need to be done.

Every co-op member has experience and knowledge that could be helpful to others struggling with the same, or similar, challenges.
Anyone living in a N.H. resident-owned community is eligible. Participants are NOT required to hold a board position in their communities.
The series is free and open to all members of NH’s resident-owned communities. Classes will be held at the NH Community Loan Fund, 7 Wall St., Concord, NH.
2022-2023 class dates are Oct. 29, Nov. 19, Dec. 17, Jan. 21, Feb. 25, Mar. 25, and Apr. 15, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Basic training
The basics of co-op management. Corporate governance, board and member roles and responsibilities, and sound financial management practices.

Building a team
Real-time team-building exercises.

What is a leader?
Explore your own leadership potential and skills you can put them to use in your co-op, work, and home life.

Seeking maximum involvement
Tried and true community-building tools that will increase member engagement.

Effective communications
How to listen actively, ask good questions, and give good feedback. Learn how to be effective communicating with a group, or an individual.

Conflict resolution
Strategies for intervening in and resolving conflict.

Planning is power
How to set goals, make a plan and carry it out.
Complete and submit the application below.
The New Hampshire Community Loan Fund and Granite State College have created a unique partnership that gives Community Leadership graduates four college credits from Granite State College. A fee will be charged when graduates wish to convert their leadership completion certificates to college credits. Credit may or may not be transferable to other institutions.

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Leadership grads say:

"This class was challenging, interesting, motivating, and fun!"

"I plan to use the action/workplan both personally and for the co-op."

"The atmosphere was very upbeat and the feeling in the air was electric! It kept me very alert and wanting to learn more."

"Trust me, it's well worth your time. You're not alone with issues you are having in your community."

Apply now for 2022-23 Community Leadership

Application deadline is Oct. 17, 2022.

To graduate, participants must miss no more than one training day. Participants who miss more than one training day will have the opportunity to make up the session(s) the following training year. Participants are required to attend on Oct. 29 and must be capable of using Zoom in case of unforeseen circumstances that prevent us from meeting in person.

The costs of the training series are paid entirely by the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund. A fee will be charged to convert your training series certificate to college credits, if you choose.

The class will consist of approximately 15 participants selected from cooperatives in New Hampshire. The selection committee will review all applications and notify applicants no later than Oct. 20.

If you have questions or concerns, please email Chris Bourcier or call him at (800) 432-4110, ext. 700.

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