A critical component of Dakota Resources involves leadership development through community coaching of citizens, local directors and organizations. Empower! Dakota provides hands-on guidance and support to help communities make strategic decisions, wise investments and creative, forward-thinking progress.
It is our goal to strengthen and empower people and organizations to make decisions that will determine the future vitality and viability of their community. We help rural residents be the change they want to see in their communities. Empower! Dakota focuses on three key objectives in each of our partnering communities:
- Engage more people in the community by empowering citizens of all ages to become part of the Initiative Teams that fit their skills and interests.
- Empower a community coordinator to be a strong communications link between community members and Dakota Resources and to promote action and progress on designated Initiatives.
- Encourage and mentor core community leaders to “ruralize the potential” of people and organizations within their community and to embrace new opportunities, recognize what’s possible and support strategic thinking.
Results show that the greatest impacts to a community emerge over a three-year partnership with Dakota Resources. Below is a great example of the commitment Empower! Dakota has to our partnering communities. On average, our partners receive the following services over the course of a year:
- 6 coaching visits
- 2 community town halls
- 6 listening sessions
- 3 initiative team action workshops
- 9 coordinator mentoring sessions
- 2 development board strategy sessions
- Over 300 total hours per year invested
When we look at statistics from Empower! Dakota, this is how a community of approximately 1,850 people becomes impacted:
- 190 citizens engaged through Empower! Dakota town halls and other meetings
- 9 Citizen-led initiatives formed in the community to support projects like housing, recreation, education, business growth, beautification and buying locally
- 19 new community projects created through the nine vision team initiatives
- 44 New partnerships formed with outside resources
- 34 People under 18 engaged in community initiatives