The Enlace Institute’s purpose is to advance the field of strategic organizational development and to develop leaders within low-wage worker and community-based organizations who will become a powerful resource to their own groups as well as to the social, economic, and environmental justice movement.
From our founding, Enlace has tackled the challenges that confront organizations that serve low-wage workers and their communities. Because there was no advanced organizational technology resource within the reach of organizations that serve the working poor, we started the Enlace Institute in 2000 to address this need. Our premise has been that organizations must seek continuous renewal, that successful movements are led not by one charismatic leader, but by teams of strategic thinkers, and that our mission is to help train those thinkers so that their organizations are strong enough to take on the complex challenges and campaigns that they all face. Through the Institute, we work to enable low-wage worker groups and community-based organizations to become high performance organizations capable of achieving their goals.
We have trained over 600 leaders from more than 150 organizations in both the US and Mexico in two 2-year-long workshop cycles. Using dilemmas they are currently facing, participants learn frameworks, that include long and short-term strategic planning, creating new programs for their organizations, and evaluation of programs. We mentor participants in between workshops to ensure that they are able to use what they learn to strengthen their organizations. The Institute has become a key element in the Prison Divestment Campaign. Campaign partners have used the workshops to both plan campaign actions and to work on the internal improvements needed to become stronger, more effective organizations.
Empower more workers through improved collaborative decision-making, concerted activity, and increased organizational focus on core work.
Organizations will improve their capacity for proactive and innovative campaigns, leading to campaign wins that improve the economic standing and quality of life of low-wage worker communities.
Workers will gain organizational technology skills, team evaluation skills, and strategic planning skills that are applicable to their current and future work. Enlace will mentor workers as they implement skills and pass on knowledge to their teams.
Peer trainers will use and pass on their knowledge of the Frameworks in the field with worker teams to evaluate and plan campaign activities.