10-Year Plan Highlights
We have developed a 10-year plan for CTE and started the “count-down” clock as of July 1, 2012. By the time we reach the summer of 2022, our goal is to have:
1) transformative organizing fully developed as a process and integrated into a practical, turnkey system (i.e., Closing the Circle, CTC);
2) the intervention’s effectiveness demonstrated on a meaningful scale; and
3) training centers and a communications hub established with the capability to support a growing network of transformative organizers working to establish CTC chapters in their home communities.
Our quantitative objective is to have the first cohort of 100 fully-trained and certified transformative organizers back in their communities by mid-2016; by mid-2022, we want to see more than 10,000 organizers working actively in their communities.
Key milestones in our development plan include:
- Carry out field studies with cohorts of youth in summer of 2013, 2014 and 2015.
- Publish the complete model by the end of 2014; with a significant revision in 2015.
- Establish a training center that will enroll its first class of transformative organizers in spring of 2015.
- Support the first class of organizers as they begin to establish youth chapters in their home communities, with recruiting beginning in summer, 2016.
- By the end of 2016, ensure that the further development and roll out of Closing the Circle is financially self-sustaining (i.e., from training fees, sale of books and materials and other service fees).
- Continue training of new classes of organizers in 2016 and begin to develop new training centers that will begin accepting classes in 2017. Use the first school as a model facility in which the founding teams of new centers are trained and supported. The tentative goal will be to establish four new centers each year in order to grow a national network comprising approximately 20 schools.
This plan will require CTE to operate in three dimensions:
- As an R&D Laboratory, we will carry out field studies to complete the development and pilot testing of transformative organizing that will reduce it to practice as a replicable system: i.e., as a practical, 3-year program for 16-18-year-olds with continuously updated curriculum and guides for training and operations. Our goal will be to produce an intervention that shares many of the characteristics of a franchised product or service: e.g., ease of duplication; detailed systems, processes and procedures; a unique or unusual concept; broad geographic appeal; relative ease of operation; and relatively inexpensive operation— this will take 3-4 years to accomplish;
- As a Training Enterprise, we will establish a school in which dedicated individuals are trained and certified as transformational organizers. Our vision resembles a franchising model in which CTE focuses on training prospective organizers, sent by interested communities, in its “turnkey” intervention. Once trained, these committed individuals will return home to establish a local, grassroots organization with the young men and women of their own community. The development of the training protocol will be a growing component of CTE’s research in 2014-15. We expect to publish a Handbook of Transformative Organizing by 2015, which will be supplemented with training lesson plans. We expect to launch the first school in mid-2015 and send at least 100 certified organizers into their home communities in mid-2016. We anticipate that this one school will grow into a network of approximately 20 schools during the following 5-6 years as demand for organizers grows;
- As a Social Networking Hub, we will facilitate communications between the franchise-like network of transformative organizers being established as well as, eventually, a growing base of youth-led chapters. This will also include the production of written, graphic and multi-media resources to support the on-going effort.