Who are trainings for?
Our trainings are for anyone who works with groups of youth or adults as well as for people who simply want to enhance their own creativity: youth workers, educators, artists, trainers, facilitators, business leaders, and the general public.
I don’t work with youth, will I still find this training useful?
Yes! As an organization PYE is aiming to use this work to empower young people around the world because we believe that is where the need is greatest, but time and time again we have witnessed the many diverse ways that this method can be used. We’ve heard stories of the Creative Community Model being used to work with women’s groups in Nepal, toddlers in Tibet and even in corporate meetings in the United Kingdom.
Do I need to be an artist to take your trainings?
If I already have experience with facilitation, should I skip Creative Facilitation 1?
What’s the difference between Creative Facilitation 1 & 2?
Creative Facilitation 1 focuses on using the arts in facilitation and developing your own creativity. Creative Facilitation 2 focuses on you as a facilitator developing key competencies and communication skills required to lead powerful learning programs.
Both trainings are largely experiential and provide practical tool kits of activities you can apply straight away to working with youth and groups of all ages. While we recommend taking CF1 first, you can take the trainings in either order.
Do you offer custom trainings?
What do I need to bring to a training?
The training is experiential so it’s a good idea to wear comfortable clothes and footwear.
All supplies will be provided for the training, but if you are local and have a special musical instrument you want to bring, please feel free. It might come in handy and it’s definitely not a requirement. Just a reminder—no previous experience with the arts is needed for this training.
Are there subsidies available?
How are the fees decided?
Can I set up a payment plan?
Can I get a certificate after the training?
Can I get professional development credit/clock hours/PDUs?
What if I need to cancel at the last minute?
What makes Creative Facilitation unique?
Where are your trainings offered?
How do you decide on venues?
How can I convince my boss that the training is worth the time and money?
Try to see it from your boss’ perspective. What benefits will your participation in this workshop bring to your organization and the work you are trying to do? Each organization will be different but here are a few points to help you make a case:
- Creative Facilitation has been externally evaluated. A recent evaluation of our work finds that the Creative Community Model offers a power foundation for designing and delivering quality youth programs. You can download a copy of the report here.
- The training is highly practical and experiential and will give you a manual that will help you to design and implement effective programs for youth. These skills can be applied right away.
- This is a unique training that goes to the heart of using facilitation to develop vital social and emotional skills in young people and increase your impact. Our alumni often tell us that this training provides a missing piece to their professional development.
- In return for the support you might want to offer to share the skills you’ve learned with other team members after the training.
I need to fundraise for my place. Do you have any tips?
Here are six ideas to get you started:
- Personal Crowd-funding platforms: This is a great way to use your networks to raise funds. Set up a crowd-funding page on IndieGogo or Kickstarter and ask friends and family to contribute a small amount towards your training costs.
- Host an event or performance: Invite your community to a fundraising event where you offer a performance or just put on a great party to support your fundraising.
- “Ask the Circle”: Giving circles are becoming more and more common. Invite your networks to a dinner with the purpose of raising funds for your training fees.
- Letter to a friend: Write a letter to current and former supporters of your work asking for sponsorship for this training.
- Ask your organisation to sponsor you: If you are affiliated to an organisation who could benefit from having a skilled facilitator ask them to sponsor you. As a counterpart you might offer to lead a workshop for other members of the staff after the training to share what you’ve learnt.
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