Resident Leadership Academies (RLAs) are multi-week training programs for San Diego County residents who want to learn how to improve their local communities. Training sessions focus on topics such as community leadership, crime prevention and safety, land use and active transportation, and healthy food systems. Residents learn skills and best practices to address the issues that most affect their communities, and they work alongside their neighbors to help improve quality of life where they live. Upon graduation, attendees have new knowledge and access to a support network to help them lead community improvement projects.
RLA Updates and Opportunities
Many individuals and organizations are involved in Resident Leadership Academies across the County. The latest updates can be found on social media.
Those who would like to facilitate a RLA can find the Facilitator/Train the Trainer and Participant materials below. The RLA Curriculum consists of a Participant Manual, modifiable PowerPoints, and various templates and handouts. The curriculum covers subjects such as Community Building Principles, Social Determinants of Health, Land Use and Community Planning, and more.
The County of San Diego currently has two approved RLA curriculums available. For groups funded for a particular RLA session or project, the version of the curriculum to be used will be determined by your funder (see links below). For all other groups, either version, or elements from both, may be used for the trainings.
- 1st Edition Curriculum
1st edition curriculum covers resident-driven community improvement efforts, including community building principles, neighborhood assessment activities and strategies for stakeholder engagement.
- 2nd Edition Curriculum
2nd edition curriculum expands on the 1st edition to include embedded activities, reflection questions and content on smoke-free environments and climate change.
RLA Resources & Opportunities
Bi-Monthly RLA Council Meetings
Meetings to provide additional training, discuss RLA updates, and to engage with other RLA practitioners. Anyone in the RLA network (graduates/residents, facilitators, CBOs and agencies supporting RLA) is welcome and encouraged to attend.
Technical Assistance (TA) for RLA Practitioners
TA is provided by the County to any RLA Practitioner involved with RLAs. TA may consist of assistance with planning of future RLAs, and development, refining, and implementation of Community Improvement Projects (CIPs), for example. For groups funded for a particular RLA session or project, the TA provider will be determined by your funder.
RLA Network Supplemental Training Workshops for Current RLA Practitioners
Supplemental trainings are available to anyone in the RLA network (graduates/residents, facilitators). These trainings focus on expanding leadership skills and offering opportunities for current RLA practitioners to engage with one another. The supplemental trainings may cover, but are not limited to, such topics as: Presentation Skills, Meeting Facilitation, and/or Applying for Resources.
New Facilitator Training/Train the Trainer Seminars
Seminar participants attend 3-4 full days of training, which consist of a detailed review of the curriculum, facilitation practice and tips for RLA planning and coordination. One or more new facilitator trainings per year will be offered through 2019.
Contact us for additional information on any of the resources listed above, or to learn about RLAs happening in your community.
RLA Success Stories
County Employees’ Charitable Organization Needs Your Help
Just $2 per paycheck can make a tremendous difference
As little as $2 from each paycheck can add up to thousands in donations to the community. Join your colleagues in supporting the County Employees’ Charitable Organization. Donations to the organization help local nonprofits as well as some County employees.
Earlier this year, the County Employees’ Charitable Organization distributed $110,252 in grants to 68 local nonprofit programs and the Employee Crisis Fund at its annual awards breakfast. The donations have helped buy the following items and much, much more:
Hygiene items and towels for Think Dignity, an organization serving people experiencing homelessness
School supplies for the BIPOC Support Foundation’s after school and summer program
Wheelchairs for St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center, which serves adults with developmental disabilities over 50
Microchips for the Friends of the Chula Vista Animal Care Facility
Pins and frames for the Elizabeth Hospice’s veterans’ program
Mattresses and bedding sets for the YMCA of San Diego County
Laundry detergent, diapers and lotion for Jewish Family Services of San Diego
Sports equipment including racquets and goggles for Access Youth Academy, an organization serving underserved youth
Dental equipment and supplies for Cura Smiles Free Community Dental Clinic
A freezer for Operation Promise, a food and pet food pantry and diaper bank
A portable Bluetooth speaker for I Love a Clean San Diego
And that’s just naming a few from this year! Since forming in 1956, the County Employees’ Charitable Organization has given more than $7 million back to San Diego County.
Help the County Employees’ Charitable Organization provide greater support to local nonprofits and County employees and retirees in need. Make a one-time or recurring donation or encourage someone else to support the County Employees’ Charitable Organization. Be a part of something big.