ywca Minneapolis

Become a Facilitator

Become a racial justice facilitator

YWCA Facilitators are committed to racial justice work. As an active member of the movement to promote positive race relations, facilitators carry the responsibility of promoting a safe environment for all participants to share personal experiences and opinions regarding the topics of race and racism.

Facilitation Training

Time Commitment: 7.5 hours spread over three 2.5-hour sessions with a single cohort, or group of facilitators.

Group Training: It is important for community building and continuity of learning that you complete your training within a single group.

Cost: The training is FREE. We ask that you commit to facilitating on Wednesday, October 2, 2019, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm, at the annual It's Time to TalkTM event. Please contact racjust@ywcampls.org if you are unable to commit to facilitating at the It's Time to Talk event.

2019 Training Dates

Cohort 1: Wednesdays, January 9, 16 and 23, 2019

Cohort 2: Thursdays, March 7, 14 and 21, 2019 

Cohort 3: Tuesdays, May 7, 14 and 21, 2019

Cohort 4: Tuesdays, July 9, 16 and 23, 2019

All training sessions take place from 6:00 - 8:30 pm at YWCA Downtown, 1130 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403.

What will you learn? 

  • Session 1: Getting Together. In the first of the three sessions, we will focus on “getting together,” both literally and figuratively. Get to know one another as individuals and as racial justice advocates. We will also “get together” in terms of our racial justice philosophy. Learn about the philosophy and models used at YWCA Minneapolis to talk about racial justice and examine common missing bricks you’ll come across in your facilitation work.
  • Session 2: Circle and Facilitation. In the second session, delve into the benefits and origins of circle dialogue. Learn the mechanics of the circle and using the talking piece. Get into the role of the facilitator and learn the traits that are beneficial and detrimental to facilitation.
  • Session 3: Practice Makes Practice. So, none of us will ever be perfect, but with practice we get better and better each time we facilitate. This third session is devoted to practicing your new facilitation skills. You will take turns acting as a facilitator and as a participant.

“…for it is not difference which immobilizes us, but silence. And there are so many silences that need to be broken.

- Audre Lorde