LWVUS Board and staff will be training some 30 League leaders from 9 states in Houston, TX on Friday, April 13 until Sunday, April 15, 2012. The training will bring together individuals who have volunteered to be state coaches as part of the Membership and Leadership Development (MLD) program, funded by the Fund for Local League Growth.

After the training, these 30 coaches will each mentor 2 local Leagues within their state using techniques designed to better connect them with their communities, increase the visibility on their great work for our democracy and strengthen and grow the League. State coaches are mentored by national coaches, too, in an effort to bring all three levels of the League together to work towards a vibrant future for the League in a time when we are desperately needed.

The training includes 3 days of sessions in coaching techniques, technology basics, role-playing, and plan development around best practices to grow the League.  It will be a full, robust schedule of learning, networking and having some fun together. During this time, state coaches will be tooled to support local Leagues in making a big impact during this election year and beyond.

The MLD program is already working in 32 states and DC. This training will kick-off the MLD program in 9 new states, including Florida, Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas and Washington. LWVUS’s goal is to have all 50 states participating in the MLD program by the end of 2013.

Check back next week when we’ll do a wrap-up post on how the training went.