At The Hub, we believe that lasting community change happens from the bottom up. The Community Coaching Fellowship will help prepare West Virginians to step into the roles of leaders and changemakers. Community coaches are needed to do the long-term work of bringing together community members for a common cause, identifying problems and solutions, and uplifting their community’s unique assets.
We’ve designed our Community Coaching Fellowship to help leaders define their voices and connect with the resources and partnerships that can support them in achieving their goals and making West Virginia communities better for all of us.
In the Fellowship, participants will learn how to lead effective meetings, build community teams, create and facilitate events, resolve conflict, prioritize group projects, and build effective external partnerships.
Questions? Reach out to program leader Stacy Thomas at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How it Works
The 2021-2022 Community Coaching Fellowship Program will begin in September 2021 and conclude in May 2022. Throughout this immersive learning experience, participants will take part in:
- Two multi-day in-person workshops
- One multi-day virtual workshop
- A five-part virtual learning series
- A monthly “Lunch Bunch” session that allows for mentoring, peer relationship development, and personal skill development.
Fellows will learn:
- The fundamentals and foundation of community coaching
- How to establish community teams and recruit new team members
- How to build participatory decision-making processes
- How to effectively address and positively manage conflict
- The principles of effective community engagement and meeting design (including developing a “toolkit” with activities, tools, and ideas)
- How to lead in-person and online events and meetings
How to Apply
The 2021-22 Coaching Fellowship application opens on May 3! You can learn more below and sign up for our newsletter so you’ll be alerted as soon as applications open.
** The Coaches Fellowship Application will go live on May 3, 2021 at 9:00 am EST. Check back soon for the link to apply! **
Frequently Asked Questions
Who should apply for this program?
We are looking for individuals who want to be part of the solution to making West Virginia a better place to live. There aren’t any age or education requirements to apply for this fellowship – only the desire to have a positive impact on your community and state.
Past participants in the program have held roles such as:
- Community volunteers
- AmeriCorps members
- Business development coaches
- Community center directors
- Youth organizing volunteers
- Employees of community-focused nonprofits and service organizations
- Employees and elected officials of small municipalities
The Hub is invested in building a diverse and qualified cohort that accurately reflects and is inclusive of the diverse talent represented throughout West Virginia. We strongly encourage and will positively consider applications from people who have been historically underrepresented in leadership roles.
What is a community coach?
Community coaches walk alongside residents on their path to envision and create a new future for their area. Coaches guide the community through projects and community engagement events and help develop sustainable plans. They support residents in building new partnerships, growing their teams and bringing new people into the work, leading and facilitating meetings, and looking for new opportunities for collaboration.
What is the Community Coaching Fellowship?
The Community Coaching Fellowship is a comprehensive training program designed for participants to gain the skills needed to find their voices as leaders and step up to make positive change in West Virginia communities. Participants will learn how to lead effective meetings, build community teams, create and facilitate events, resolve conflict, prioritize group projects, and build positive relationships with both internal teams and external partners.
What should I expect from the Fellowship?
This is a year-long, multi-session program. The Fellowship will have two in-person sessions–one to kick-off the program in October and one to wrap it up in May. We will also have a two-day virtual session, a five-part virtual learning series, and monthly peer learning sessions. Fellows will be provided with numerous training resources and materials, as well as opportunities for hands-on skill development.
Is there a fee to participate?
The value of the Community Coaching Fellowship Program is $2,000. Due to the generous support of our funders, we are able to offer the full-year program for $500 per participant for applicants from West Virginia. We have a limited number of sliding fee scholarships available. Please contact our program leader with questions about scholarships.
Still have questions? Reach out to program leader Stacy Thomas at email@example.com.
27 people have participated in the Community Coaching Fellowship and training programs. Read the experiences of some of our 2020-21 Fellows below:
“As a member of the 2020-21 Community Coaching Fellowship, the COVID pandemic took away a big part of the program: being together. However, the Hub staff made the best of this situation by incorporating more technical education, and I’m thankful to now have more tools that open various accessibility points. The spaces were always rooted in encouragement, growth, and teamwork. Overall, the best thing to come out of participation in the fellowship is the connection I’ve made to 18 bright, passionate leaders who care about their WV communities. This unique experience will make future opportunities to work together in person that much sweeter.”
— Casey Gilbert, Regional Manager, Generation WV
“The Coaching Fellowship has brought a sense of community state-wide at a much-needed time. Through the activities we have been involved in and the support we have been given, I have been able to approach all types of situations with a more prepared stance that is less emotional and more proactive towards the greater good. I have gained countless relationships throughout this process that have significantly helped in maintaining forward movement in all aspects. I am very grateful for The Hub’s team and their efforts in once again providing such an impactful fellowship.”
— Candice Helms, Preserve WV AmeriCorps Member, Hinton Historic Landmarks Commission
“One of the most valuable experiences of the Coaching Fellowship is building community with and learning from leaders all over the state. Moving forward, I can rely on these fellow leaders to help me troubleshoot problems, collaborate on meaningful projects, and strategize about my work. I’ve also deepened my skills in facilitation, event planning, collaboration, and civic engagement through the focused workshops of the fellowship. Overall, learning how to be a community coach is learning to be a better community leader as well as how to build power with fellow citizens to create a strong tradition of intergenerational leadership for West Virginia.”
— Erin Hudnall, Research Assistant, WVU
“Being part of the Hub’s Coaching Fellowship program during the last year has been a much more amazing experience than I imagined. Through this program, I have enhanced my skills needed to organize and lead a meeting, how to deal with tough situations during a meeting and how to build relationships and partnerships in the community. I know I am a better leader now, I feel more prepared and confident to help serve my community. I have also built relationships with the other participants that will serve me and my community in my future endeavors.”
— Olivia Morris, Regional Manager, Generation WV
“I’m so glad that I’ve had the opportunity to participate in the Coaching Fellowship! The experience has been both fun and informative–I’ve met a wonderful group of people doing great work across West Virginia, all while sharpening skills like facilitation, team-building, collective decision-making, and more. I’m so thankful for the connections I’ve made and have learned so much.”
— Talia Schwelling, former Resource Assistant, US Forest Service
For questions, reach out to program leader Stacy Thomas at firstname.lastname@example.org.