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WealthWorks is a 21st-century approach that belongs in every community and economic development toolkit. WealthWorks is inclusive, bringing together and connecting community assets to meet market demand in ways that build lasting livelihoods and upward mobility. Experience shows that exploring and implementing this approach is most effective with a coach.

Yellow Wood offers a WealthWorks Training for Coaches and Coordinators to professionals that would like to become WealthWorks value chain coaches or coordinators. WealthWorks coaches work with value chain intermediary organizations (value chain managers), helping them identify, explore, construct, and measure the impacts of WealthWorks value chains.

The first WealthWorks training program ran December 2013 to September 2014. The second training program runs April 2014 to February 2015. A third program began in October 2014 and will run through August 2015. The fourth program began in April 2015 and will run through February 2016.

This is a supportive, collaborative learning program. Participants are encouraged to apply as a team including representatives of a place-based coordinating organization and a coach.

Participants in this nine-month training program will:

  • Acquire new knowledge and skills in the WealthWorks approach to be used across your region.
  • Design a value chain ready for construction, including identifying asset-based products and services and the existing and potential demand.
  • Identify and engage necessary partners and “unusual suspects” to make WealthWorks a success.
  • Identify strategies to build and sustain a range of local assets necessary for growth in your community.

Current participants talk about the WealthWorks Training: Arlene Jones, SPROUT MN; Cheryal Hills, R5DC; George M. Okantey, Purdue University Ext.Ryan Coffey, MSUE; Carol Cohen, RCAC; Linda Thompson, AURI.

View an introductory Webinar about the WealthWorks Training (opens in new window).

Download slides from the introductory webinar.

Download the training Brochure.

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