The RDO Learning Program was a part of FRLâ€™s Learning Centre, and is designed to provide RDOs with core capacity-building competencies in the areas of strategic thinking; program planning and evaluation; communications and public relations; resource and fund development; financial planning, management and constituency building, and partnership development.
As RDOs applied these new competencies to the hands-on work they did as part of their placement, they built their own internal capacity and confidence while also helping to strengthen the core organizational capacity of the Community Partner organization they worked within.
FRLâ€™s RDO Learning Program used workshops, webinars and e-learning, conferences, and one-on-one mentoring to help ensure successful placements which moved RDOs towards a sustainable livelihood. Components of the 2011 Learning Program included an in-person Orientation Meeting and September Learning Program, the Community Mentorship Program, and a series of Social Enterprise Webinars led by expert consultants from Eko Nomos and C. Lang Consulting.
Orientation Meeting Learning Program Component
FRL held an Orientation Meeting, where RDOs were introduced to the various components of FRLâ€™s 2011 RDO Learning Program. The 2011 Orientation Meeting introduced Logic Models as a tool to help with long-term goal setting and project planning.
September Learning Program
The September Learning Program was be held in Ingersoll, and continued the concepts introduced in the Orientation Meeting. The 2011 SLP focused on using networking and learning tools to help RDOs move forward in their chosen career path.
Community Mentorship Program
The goal of the Community Mentorship Program was to provide RDOs with the opportunity to connect with business professionals and community leaders in rural communities to expand their networks, and those of their community partner. More information about the CMP can be found here.
Rural Social Enterprise Webinars
This series of webinars introduced the concept of social enterprise and discussed its usefulness as a funding model for rural nonprofits. The webinars were based on workshops run through FRLâ€™s Rural Social Enterprise Project, and were available to both RDOs and their Community Partners.