A three-day workshop to be presented by Sioux Falls Thrive will be a great training opportunity for community volunteers, human resource professionals, consultants, and staff members from Thrive’s partner organizations.

Participants will receive hands-on training in team management and will get valuable practice using complex problem-solving tools.

“Thrive hopes to attract volunteers who want to help our kids succeed,” said Thrive President Candy Hanson, who will lead the workshop series. “But the training has practical applications for businesses, local government, nonprofits, and faith-based organizations.”

Thrive is a long-term workforce development initiative. Over the next few years it will conduct research and roll out as many as 12 cross-sector action teams that work to remove obstacles to student success. The first group, Thrive’s Housing Action Team, is already underway. The next team will focus on student safety during out-of-school hours.

Rika Peterson and Kacey McCarthy from the Sioux Falls consulting firm Maximizing Excellence will be among the training participants. Peterson is project coordinator with Maximizing Excellence, and McCarthy is the project and brand director.

“I was excited about the opportunity to receive formal training in group facilitation skills,” said Peterson, who does similar work as part of her job. She especially looks forward to learning from Hanson, whose background includes advanced facilitator training and 15 years as a process consultant.

“I hope to really hone my group facilitation skillset and learn how Maximizing Excellence can be tied into Thrive,” Peterson said.

Peterson and McCarthy are among the participants signing up for a registration discount. In lieu of the workshop fee, they’ll make a commitment to volunteer for Thrive. Volunteer opportunities range from tasks as simple as helping Thrive with public events to facilitating meetings for Thrive’s partner groups.

“It’s a very good deal,” Peterson said. “We’re excited to find our place and the best way to lend our time for a need in the community. We support Thrive.”

The “Effective Team Manager” workshop will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on August 7, 8, and 9 in the Froiland Science Complex on the campus of Augustana University in Sioux Falls.

To register for training, go to www.siouxfallsthrive.org. The fee is $750, but those who pledge to donate 40 hours of service to Thrive over the next two years are being charged only a $30 fee to cover the cost of supplies.

Thrive takes a collective impact approach to community problem solving and opportunity finding, Hanson said. “The more community members who understand this level of collaboration, the more likely it is that we can maximize existing resources and help all kids achieve their highest potential.”

Rob Swenson, for Thrive

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