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Dena Hurst of Tallahassee, Florida is an instructor in Florida State University's Department of Philosophy. She worked for the Florida Institute of Government where she served as the Institute's chief operations officer and lead researcher. She currently works for the Jorgensen Learning Center (JLC), a consulting company that focuses on developing leadership capabilities in individuals and organizations. At JLC, Hurst teaches leaders how to cultivate a vision and sense of purpose, engage others in the vision, nurture creativity, and foster an environment of continual learning. She leads seminars, gives keynote speeches, and provides one-on-one professional coaching and counseling. Hurst also founded Expanding Human Consciousness, Inc. (EHC), a not-for-profit private educational foundation with an international and interdisciplinary mission. EHC offers an open forum for scholars, artists, political leaders, activists, and forward thinking individuals to meet and discuss original and innovative ideas and research in the context of contemporary world events. I serve as the project manager and facilitator for all of EHC's events.
NGO STRENGTHENING IN BARBADOS
The Caribbean Development Policy Center and Barbados Youth Business Trust are two prominent NGOs that provide assistance and technical support to minor NGOs and the public. The two organizations asked FAVACA to help build capacity by strengthening their ability to carry out strategic planning, results based-management, project planning, and project management.
Three experts in the sector of nonprofit strengthening and fundraising, Dr. Fred Seamon, Dr. Dena Hurst, and James Mueller, traveled to Barbados on June 4-8, 2012. Long-time volunteers, Dr. Fred Seamon and Dena Hurst, and volunteer James Mueller conducted a three day workshop to address the topics. The purpose of the three day seminar was to equip NGO leaders with skills to more effectively and efficiently secure government funding, manage their organizations, build their teams, and organize the systems necessary for effective service delivery. In addition, the workshop was used to engage youth business mentors in a discussion of project management. Within each of the workshop sessions conducted, each volunteer reported an estimated range of 20-30 participants who attended each session. The overarching lesson and skills provided included training those participants to better prepare log frames, work plans and instill effective coaching skills to translate to their business staff for their organization’s capacity building. According to the volunteers, the training sessions “went very well,” and were told by participants that the materials and information taught were “useful” “relevant” and applicable even after the training days were over.
BARBADOS NONPROFITS RECEIVE TRAINING ON NGO STRENGTHENING
The recent worldwide food and energy shortages have increased the need for social services on the island of Barbados and around the globe. During times of difficulty, citizens flock to the social service sector to receive assistance they are unable to afford and governments are unable to finance. The increased demand for these services has outpaced supply and pressed budgetary and organizational constraints. The Barbados Association of Nongovernmental Organizations (BANGO), an umbrella organization for non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Barbados, asked FAVACA to help build capacity by strengthening their ability to write proposals and by addressing topics of leadership and governance. BANGO Director, Roosevelt King, established the organization in 1997 to deliver services to civil society organizations and to serve as a resource for NGO leaders. Three experts in the sector of nonprofit strengthening and fundraising traveled August 5-9, 2008 included FAVACA Board Chair and longtime volunteer Dr. Fred Seamon, MGT Consultants in Tallahassee, longtime volunteer Dr. Dena Hurst from Florida State University's John Scott Dailey Institute of Government in Tallahassee, and first time volunteer James Mueller of James Mueller and Associates in Delray Beach. The three day training seminar emphasizing skills and techniques to increase each organization's capability to write proposals, further their capacity to address organizational structure, operations, and systems necessary for effective service delivery. Over 40 leaders participated in the training, and as a result now meet regularly to discuss their successes and struggles in implementing skills learned.
YOUTH LEADERSHIP TRAINING FOR ST. KITTS
The Ministry of Social Development, Community and Gender Affairs requested FAVACA's assistance to provide youth group facilitators with leadership and community development training. The Department of Community and Social Development within the Ministry has over fifty registered groups in the areas of Sports, Youth, Dance/Arts, Women's Groups, Community and NGOs. St. Kitts is facing increased youth violence, drug use and lack of community involvement. Return volunteer Dena Hurst, Tallahassee, a consultant at the Florida Institute of Government, Florida State University, traveled to St. Kitts October 23-28, 2005 to conduct the training. Topics included: Accepting and Maintaining the Call of Service, Styles of Leadership, Recognizing the Challenges of Leadership, Learning how to be a Community Leader, Developing and Communicating a Vision, Building and Sustaining Commitment, and Influencing People. Fifteen representatives of community groups attended the training.
GRENADA'S NATIONAL WATER & SEWAGE AUTHORITY RECEIVES MANAGEMENT TRAINING
Mrs. Pansy Ventour, Administrative Manager with the National Water and Sewerage Authority (NAWASA) requested performance management training for its mid-level managers. Ventour identifed communication, team building, leadership and customer service as focus areas for the training. First time FAVACA volunteer Dena Hurst, Tallahassee, traveled May 8-13, 2005 to provide the training. Ms. Hurst , Assistant Scholar with the Florida Institute of Government, Florida State University, specializes in leadership and performance management skills and developed a curricula to match the organizations request. Fourteen NAWASA directors participated in the training which provided tools and techniques to promote team interaction, systems thinking and the establishment of performance objectives and measures.