Work-based Learning Experiences

CIGS MODEL

Work-Based Learning – $4,500/person

Train-The-Trainer Professional Development Package

Benefits:

  • Career Development Package
  • 5 additional Community On Demand Game Sets
  • 1 Partnership Plan Development Session
  • 1 Custom Digital Badge Fundraising Collection
  • 1 FREE Digital Ad on NEXT Steps Website (STEAM Career Page)
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The Community Involvement Growth Strategy (CIGS)
Professional Development Training To Enhance Work-Based/Service-Learning Projects And Sustain Local Economies

Created by NEXT Steps Founder, Dana Jewel Harris

What Is CIGS?

The Community Involvement Growth Strategy (​CIGS) Model is our signature organizational development and planning system we use to create and manage work-based learning experiences. Our goal is to re-birth the community culture by enhancing the way work-based learning experiences celebrate the talent and unique contributions from learners whose skills support and sustain local economies.

Work-Based Learning Experiences

It doesn’t matter if you play Community On Demand as a learner, volunteer, mentor, instructor, non-profit organization or a local business, our CIGS Model is key in helping you design one of five types of work-based learning experiences to support your community:

 

  • Entrepreneurship / Social Ventures – where the student plans, implements, operates, and assumes financial risks in a business that produces goods or delivers services
  • Job Shadowing – places students in workplaces to interact with and observe one or more employees
  • Mentorship – long-term relationship where the student is paired with a community professional who has a recognized record of achievement and first-hand experience in the occupational field or career cluster of the student’s choice
  • School-Based Enterprises – an ongoing, student-managed, entrepreneurial operation within the school setting. It provides goods or services that meet the needs of the school’s target markets (i.e., students, teachers, administrators, parents/guardians, community members, community organizations/businesses)
  • Service-Learning – enable students to learn and apply academic, social, and personal skills to improve the community, continue individual growth, and develop a lifelong ethic of service

Community

Convert your impact solution(s) into a work-based learning project for a local business or nonprofit organization within your community.

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SOCIO-ECONOMIC CONDITIONS TO ADDRESS

Aging Infrastructure

To determine if your community’s land use planning process no longer supports the buildings and spaces that provide services, activities and opportunities for growth


Changing Climate

To determine if community members are noticing and feeling the impact from the gradual changes occurring in your community’s usual weather patterns


Depressed Economy

To determine if your community’s economy has slowed down and if there is widespread unemployment, lack of investments and scarce demand for consumer goods


Environmental Stresses

To determine if your community’s ecosystem is experiencing pressures on its environment caused by an increase in human activities (i.e. pollution) or by a natural phenomena (i.e. drought, pandemic, fire, flood, etc.)


Shifting Demographics

To determine if your community is experiencing trends from political and economic decisions that have shifted family expenses, wages, social activities, the population’s overall makeup and the availability of resources


Uncertain Energy Prices

To determine if your community needs to raise living standards, provide access to modern energy services, use energy more efficiently, protect the global environment and ensure reliable energy supplies


Key Benefits of CIGS

The CIGS Model guides community leaders through the project management and new business development process.

 When communities use the CIGS Model with the Community On Demand card deck they are able to demonstrate and effectively communicate how they are able to identify and organize local resources and solve the real-world challenges that negatively impact their communities. 

CIGS also help community leaders recruit and manage business and financial support for special events. In combination with our Money Guide for Young Entrepreneurs Activity Workbook, our CIGS Model provides a financial literacy component that helps communities design immediate and long-term income streams, create and manage their  operational budgets, and protect their creative properties.

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CIGS MODEL

Work-Based Learning – $4,500/person

Train-The-Trainer Professional Development Package

Benefits:

  • Career Development Package
  • 5 additional Community On Demand Game Sets
  • 1 Partnership Plan Development Session
  • 1 Custom Digital Badge Fundraising Collection
  • 1 FREE Digital Ad on NEXT Steps Website (STEAM Career Page)
Buy Now
THE BOSS

Dana Jewel Harris

CEO & Executive Director

The CIGS Model was created by NEXT Steps Founder, Dana Jewel Harris. She created it based on her experiences in new business development at Burrell Communications Group, A&R Administration at LaFace Records, and U.S. military transportation and logistics operations during Desert Storm/Desert Shield.  She specializes in strategic planning, leadership training, business plan writing and new business development.

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