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