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Job Oportuinties Available

The Polis Institute through a partnership with Americorps is looking for two motivated individuals to fill the following positions.

Academic Support Coordinator
  • Must be comfortable w/ students of all grade levels as prioritized by identified academic challenges
  • Connect students with academic resources to sustain academic progress
  • Must be able to develop relationships with the whole family
  • Strong social skills; able to motivate and support
  • Ability to identify student strengths
  • Assist student with developing study and organizational skills
  • Must attend MVP family night meetings (1 x monthly) and other community outings
Family Development Coach
  • Must have strong social engaging skills
  • Ability to help families develop short term goals
  • Able to develop a method of tracking family goals
  • Must be supportive; able to motivate and support
  • Able to connect families with other community resources
  • Maintain regular contact with families
  • Must attend MVP family night events (1 x monthly) and other community outings

You can find more information about this opportunity HERE or contact us at info@polisinstitute.org

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Dignity Serves: Train the Trainer

This training is for those who have completed the regular Dignity Serves Training and are wanting to be certified to train others. Participants are provided with the Leader’s Guide that has additional information on each of the principles and how to guide others to come to their own conclusions and applications by exposure to the materials in the proper setting. This is the art of facilitation and this new skill can be applied in a variety of contexts.

Dignity Serves teaches a powerful new paradigm of service called ‘dignified interdependence.’ Taught from a Christian perspective, this 6 lesson study will give you a useful toolkit to apply in all areas of your life – home, office, church, and neighborhood.

Saturday, April 21st, from 2pm to 5pm. Attendees must have completed Dignity Serves prior to attending. There is a full training immediately before this Train the Trainer session if you would like to do both in one weekend (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dignity-serves-a-workshop-on-helping-others-tickets-44149878475?aff=es2).

Cost: $99

Led by Phil Hissom.

All training materials will be provided. There will also be snacks throughout the training and lunch on Saturday.

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Dignity Serves: A Workshop on Helping Others

Want to learn how to better help people in your life? Dignity Serves teaches a powerful new paradigm of service called ‘dignified interdependence.’ Taught from a Christian perspective, this 6 lesson study will give you a useful toolkit to apply in all areas of your life – home, office, church, and neighborhood. Want to experience less guilt and frustration trying to help people? This training is for you. It has helped thousands of people since it first hit the scene in 2008. Join us.

Check out this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IKQiJTL_OYM

Friday, April 20th from 6pm to 9pm and Saturday, April 21st, from 8:30am to 2pm. Attendees must attend all sessions.

Cost: $50

Led by Phil Hissom.

All training materials will be provided. There will also be snacks throughout the training and lunch on Saturday.

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State of the Health Eatonville

The Healthy Eatonville Place on College Avenue in Eatonville opened 3 years ago because a group of concerned people got together and wanted to help make Eatonville a healthier place. Thanks to Florida Hospital and the Winter Park Health Foundation, the Center continues to provide care and services to people with pre-diabetes and diabetes today and into the future.

That group of concerned people have met monthly for six years and now they would like to invite everyone who lives or works in Eatonville to join in their effort.  Please come, learn more about the health of the residents of Eatonville, and plan our future together.

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Leadership Eatonville | Prototyping Session III

Graduates of the Leadership Eatonville Growth Leadership Certificate program will be participating in three sessions of prototyping to turn their ideas into reality. The program continues with brainstorming, feedback, and ideas for partnerships, implementation, and funding sources to turn the initiatives the participants came up with in the first part of the program into a functioning community initiative within Eatonville.

These follow up session will take place every other Thursday evening for 6 weeks. The first session begins on Thursday, December 14th from 6pm to 8pm at the Denton Johnson Community Center. We look forward to the transformative impact that these community members will have by implementing the ideas they see the need for in their neighborhood.

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The Four-Fold Benefit of POLIS

The Polis Institute (POLIS) is an applied research non-profit that was founded to improve the way we help one another. Our mission is to champion human dignity by designing solutions to the social problems that infringe upon it. We envision a world in which most people enjoy the fruit of their labors in long and healthy lives.

We focus on improving distressed neighborhoods because research points to this approach as the most strategic philanthropic investment. We facilitate partnerships with residents, investors, businesses, civic leaders, and non-profits to simultaneously address issues in education, housing, employment, health and wellness, overall aesthetics, and safety.

To achieve success in this comprehensive approach, we deploy our Stakeholder Accountability Model that brings four key groups together to address these issues: 1) residents; 2) philanthropic investors; 3) service providers; 4) academics. The unique four-fold benefit of POLIS is that we simultaneously help each of these important groups.

We work primarily in Metro Orlando. We have developed a Neighborhood Stress Index to monitor progress in the 100 most distressed areas of the region and have established a goal to propel this important city into the 90th percentile of American cities for well-being as measured by Gallup (currently in the 68th percentile) through neighborhood revitalization.

1. Residents: We work directly with residents of distressed neighborhoods to help them achieve their goals. Through margins in our consulting and training efforts, we can deploy 100% of your donations to serving this population in these three key areas:

o Families: The difficulties of raising a family are compounded by the stressors of poverty. We coordinate a program called MVP Families that serves 100 families who live near Camping World Stadium to strengthen relationships in the home, meet family goals, and help the children succeed academically.

o Leaders: Community leadership transcends the interests of any one organization or institution to benefit an entire community. We have developed training and coaching services to cultivate this talent in residents which has resulted in initiatives such as Leadership Eatonville, West Lakes Partnership, and the East Winter Garden Alliance.

o Underemployed: Distressed neighborhoods are full of people whose talents are underappreciated. We engage residents in a four to six-month program to develop marketable skills while benefiting their community. To date, over 100 people have participated in this program, earning an average stipend of $2,700 while improving skills in computer literacy, communications, event planning, management, graphic design, meeting facilitation, data entry and analysis.

2. Philanthropic Investors: We improve the way philanthropic investment is deployed by providing consultation services and research to foundations, large non-profits, and local government. We work with some of the most influential groups in the city because their perspective, passion, and creativity is vital to solving our most complex issues. We currently work with Winter Park Health Foundation, Town of Eatonville, LIFT Orlando, City of Orlando, Florida Hospital, Florida Citrus Sports, Orlando Health, Haddock Family Foundation, and many others.

3. Service Providers: We improve the way that non-profits and other service providers serve their constituents through leadership coaching, volunteer training, and metrics. We also facilitate constructive partnerships to serve communities. Our primary volunteer training, Dignity Serves, has been used by hundreds of organizations to improve their service efforts. Our non-profit partners and clients include: First Presbyterian Church of Orlando, Hebni Nutrition, Jobs Partnership, Healthy Eatonville Place, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, and Kaley Square.

4. Academics: We improve academic models through our applied research on theories of social change that originate in top-tier institutions such as Collective Impact (Harvard), Asset-Based Community Development (Northwestern), Human Centered Design (Stanford), Action Research (MIT), and Thriving Cities (University of Virginia). We facilitate the involvement of local academics from Rollins College, Valenica College, and University of Central Florida by helping place doctoral students in community settings and by collaborating with administration and faculty.

Working with these four groups, POLIS has helped guide the Metro Orlando philanthropic community towards place and asset-based approaches to addressing concentrated poverty since its inception in 2009. This shift has resulted in tens of millions of dollars of investment in local neighborhoods, high levels of resident engagement and participation, and dramatic improvements in the lives of specific families and whole communities. Impacts include significant reductions in crime, improvements in educational outcomes, increases in affordable housing units, families exiting poverty, town charters modernized, reductions in chronic health problems, healthier infrastructure, career advancements, and more.

Board of Directors:
Dan Sherfield, Board Chair, Summit Church
Scott Lee, Elevation Financial
Jessica Jetton, Care for AIDS
Julie Zaiback, Adventist Health System
Ryan Norman, Vistana Signature Experiences
Amanda Ward, Rollins College

Please read our annual reportview our organizational profile at the Central Florida Foundation, or contact us for more information.

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Leadership Eatonville | Prototyping Session II

Graduates of the Leadership Eatonville Growth Leadership Certificate program will be participating in three sessions of prototyping to turn their ideas into reality. The program continues with brainstorming, feedback, and ideas for partnerships, implementation, and funding sources to turn the initiatives the participants came up with in the first part of the program into a functioning community initiative within Eatonville.

These follow up session will take place every other Thursday evening for 6 weeks. The first session begins on Thursday, November 30th from 6pm to 8pm at the Denton Johnson Community Center. We look forward to the transformative impact that these community members will have by implementing the ideas they see the need for in their neighborhood.

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Leadership Eatonville | Prototyping Session I

Graduates of the Leadership Eatonville Growth Leadership Certificate program will be participating in three sessions of prototyping to turn their ideas into reality. The program continues with brainstorming, feedback, and ideas for partnerships, implementation, and funding sources to turn the initiatives the participants came up with in the first part of the program into a functioning community initiative within Eatonville.

These follow up session will take place every other Thursday evening for 6 weeks. The first session begins on Thursday, November 9th from 6pm to 8pm at the Denton Johnson Community Center. We look forward to the transformative impact that these community members will have by implementing the ideas they see the need for in their neighborhood.

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Leadership Eatonville Session VI

Leadership Eatonville is a six-session workshop series for town residents that will enhance community leadership and entrepreneurial skills. Each participant will select a specific community initiative – existing or new – to work on using the principles and practical tips learned in the sessions. The course is free for Eatonville residents. Non-residents may apply.

The workshop series will be held every other Thursday evening between August 10th and October 19th from 6:30pm to 9:00pm in the Denton Johnson Community Center (400 Ruffel St, Eatonville, FL 32751). Graduates of the program will be eligible for additional one-on-one coaching sessions in the winter that will help them attract investment in the initiative that they are working on.

The class schedule is as follows:
Thursday, August 10
Thursday, August 24
Thursday, September 7 (cancelled due to Irma)
Thursday, September 21
Thursday, October 5
Thursday, October 19
Thursday, October 26

The course is facilitated by the Polis Institute on behalf of the Healthy Eatonville Team. POLIS is an Orlando-based non-profit that facilitates positive community impact through research, training, and community engagement. Founded in 2009, POLIS has helped dozens of communities leverage their interests and skills to improve quality of life in ways that are most meaningful and beneficial to them. POLIS champions the inherent dignity and value of all people.

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Leadership Eatonville Session V

Leadership Eatonville is a six-session workshop series for town residents that will enhance community leadership and entrepreneurial skills. Each participant will select a specific community initiative – existing or new – to work on using the principles and practical tips learned in the sessions. The course is free for Eatonville residents. Non-residents may apply.

The workshop series will be held every other Thursday evening between August 10th and October 19th from 6:30pm to 9:00pm in the Denton Johnson Community Center (400 Ruffel St, Eatonville, FL 32751). Graduates of the program will be eligible for additional one-on-one coaching sessions in the winter that will help them attract investment in the initiative that they are working on.

The class schedule is as follows:
Thursday, August 10
Thursday, August 24
Thursday, September 7 (cancelled due to Irma)
Thursday, September 21
Thursday, October 5
Thursday, October 19
Thursday, October 26

The course is facilitated by the Polis Institute on behalf of the Healthy Eatonville Team. POLIS is an Orlando-based non-profit that facilitates positive community impact through research, training, and community engagement. Founded in 2009, POLIS has helped dozens of communities leverage their interests and skills to improve quality of life in ways that are most meaningful and beneficial to them. POLIS champions the inherent dignity and value of all people.