1. SOS INSTITUTE, August 20, 21 & 22, 2014

Location: San Francisco, California

Training Schedule:
August 20, 8:30 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.
August 21, 8:30 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.
August 22, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Application Deadline: June 9, 2014.

Space is limited. Please apply ASAP if you are interested.

The SOS Institute is an interactive 2.5-days training with six months follow up support on action plans to enhance organizational infrastructure and provide institutional sustainability support for community based organizations working with underrepresented and underserved populations.

Presented by: U. S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women in partnership with Futures Without Violence.

Learning Objectives:
As a result of this training, participants will be better able to:
1. Use your organization’s core values as the root of your organization’s sustainability and impact.
2. Strengthen competencies in diversification and financial literacy.
3. Initiate and engage in meaningful, reciprocal collaboration.
4. Motivate board members to be involved in development and sustainability.
5. Design planning processes that effectively engage members of your organization in planning.
6. Identify how healthy communication is integral to organizational sustainability.
7. Practice peer coaching as a means for support and problem-solving.
8. Explore strategies to strengthen your organizational culture to uphold the mission and core values of the organization and its people.
9. Create an action plan with concrete next steps to integrate training results into your organization’s structure and functions.

Who may attend?
Community-based organizations (CBOs) that work with specific underrepresented and underserved populations. The communities may include, but not limited to: tribal communities, LGBT communities, newly arrived communities, rural communities, and other underrepresented communities.

OVW grantees and their partners must receive prior approval from their OVW Program Specialist if they will be requesting to use their OVW travel funds to participate in this training.

Participants must attend in teams of 2-3 individuals. Team members may include, but are not limited to: executive director, board member, and program staff, to obtain the maximum benefit of the institute.

Costs and additional information:
The education program is provided free of charge. Please note that participants are responsible for their own meals, lodging, travel arrangements, and costs associated with attending the program. Accommodations are available at the program rate of $189 plus 16.35% tax per night. Hotel information will be provided with confirmation. Please do not make any travel arrangements until you receive a confirmation letter.

Training format:
The SOS Institute is led by national experts and trainers on organizational sustainability.
The training includes interactive and innovative educational sessions.

* 1. Please fill in information form.

* 2. Community your Organization Serves:

* 3. Number of years the organization has been providing services:

* 4. Number of Staff:

* 5. Please list your team members (including yourself). Each team member must complete a separate application form.

* 6. Please provide a brief detail of your organization’s history, as well as its current structure, including information on the population that you serve. Please feel free to send additional information, limited to 2 pages.

* 7. How would your organization's infrastructure benefit from this training? Please provide at least 2 concrete examples.

* 8. C. Please list 3 top infrastructure issues that are most challenging for your organization to become sustainable. Please provide a brief description, be specific and give examples. Please feel free to send/e-mail additional information, limited to 1 page. E-mail: marenas@futureswithoutviolence.org Fax: 415-529-2931.


* 10. I agree to attend the entire 2.5-day training, if accepted to participate.

* 11. My team also commits to participate in follow-up action plans and conference calls.

* 12. If accepted, I agree to report progress on organizational action plan after the training.

Please provide accessibility requirements in this section. Every effort will be made to accommodate advance requests, on-site requests cannot be guaranteed. Reasonable accommodations will be provided during meeting sessions. Referrals for assistance outside of the meeting can be made available. Please contact Mónica Arenas at marenas@futureswithoutviolence.org with any questions or for more assistance.

Select any accessibility accommodations you require for the meeting sessions below. Please be as specific as possible.

I need accessibility accommodations.

* 14. Are you traveling with a Personal Care Attendant (PCA) or Personal Assistant (PA)?

* 15. You are responsible for making your own hotel reservation. However, by providing us with information on the type of room you need, we will be able to check with the hotel to make they meet your room request. Please indicate which room type you require from the following list:

* 16. Interpreting Needs

* 17. Please inform us of any additional accommodations you require for the meeting sessions, including physical accommodations during the training. Be as specific as possible.

For additional information please contact Monica Arenas at 415-678-5519, E-mail: marenas@futureswithoutviolence.org.

Note: Accommodations are available at the program rate of $189/night + 16.35% local tax. The program is provided free of charge. Participants are responsible for their own lodging, travel arrangements, and costs associated with attending the program.

On your own.
Due to space limitations, your application is not confirmed until you receive an acceptance letter. Please do not make any travel arrangements at this point.

* 18. I am an OVW Grant partner (please list grant and partner):

* 19. My project receives funding from the following Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) grant program:

This project is supported by Grant No. 2011-TA-AX-K066, awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.