This project was completed on Apr 22, 2019
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Elena F.

Facilitated Strategy Session

Posted by
Duane W.

Executive Director

Posted Date
Jan 29, 2019
Virtual volunteer opportunity
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Impact statement
This project will save us $4,465 , allowing us to provide additional field trips for our high school students such as live performances, musicals and nature excursions.

Project Details

What We Need
  • Expert third party advice on process or managerial changes, geographic or programmatic expansion, potential pivots, or general strategic planning
  • Facilitation of an intensive, one-day strategic planning session with staff and/or Board
  • Note: If necessary, a follow-up strategic planning session may be scheduled
What We Have In Place
  • We currently have a framework of our new vision, which should make it easy for you to get started. We also have documentation and materials, and the ability to provide any other information you need.
How This Will Help

This project will help take our organization to the next level for many years to come as our new identity as a youth development organization instead of just a scholarship organization.

Project Plan

Prep: Distribution of prep materials
  • Organization provides relevant background materials to make initial meeting more productive
Milestone 1: Background call
  • Professional and Volunteer Manager in charge of the session engage in a 30-minute phone call
  • Goals of the call include answering any preliminary questions the Professional may have and agreeing upon the goals and structure of the Facilitated Planning Session
  • Professional sends any additional due diligence questions ahead of Facilitated Planning Session(s)
  • Professional distributes an outline or itinerary ahead of Facilitated Planning Session(s) (as necessary)
Milestone 2: Strategic Planning Session
  • Attendees include Professional, Organization Executive(s) and/or Board Member(s) involved in decision or strategic planning
  • If necessary, a follow-up session may be scheduled to address issues that may arise and require additional due diligence
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About The Org

Our Mission

San Francisco Achievers is a community-based non-profit organization providing college scholarships and mentoring services to African-American male high school students in the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD). The mission of San Francisco Achievers is to reduce the achievement gap of African American young men in San Francisco high schools through support, mentoring, and college scholarships.

What We Do

San Francisco Achievers provides a holistic approach to serving the needs of young Black male students in San Francisco. We offer programs to support students and help them gain the skills needed to compete in today's competitive academic and social environments.

Our project is sponsored by: The San Francisco Foundation


Elena was wonderful and very knowledgeable on ways to adapt our information to activities that will make our retreat truly impactful!
Duane Wilson
Duane W.

Executive Director

Facilitated Strategy Session Project

Working with Duane at SF Achievers really stretched my facilitation skills and I'm all the more excited for the outcome! This was the first time developing a facilitated session where I was not the intended facilitator. Thus, I had to approach this work with deeper empathy and listening to best understand how to serve a facilitated agenda for a team I've never met for their staff retreat. Super thankful for Duane's clear vision, his push-back on ideas that he felt may not necessarily serve his team best, and generative conversations that helped make this process truly collaborative.
Elena Farden
Elena F.

Executive Director

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