Cohorts

A Cities Rising Project Initiative

A diverse group of citizen leaders and impact makers unite together to design and share solutions to cross-sector issues through curated educational opportunities and community-building programs. 

Actualize Your Community’s Potential

 
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“Cohorts unearth the people who have the energy and the will to work across boundaries. Often, these are not the usual suspects.”

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Mary Trigiani, Award-Winning Facilitator; 2020 Danville/Pittsylvania Cohort

Connecting Impactmakers

10-15 multi-sector impact makers from your community are assembled in collaboration with local partners.

Building Social Capital

Cohorts meet regularly for 8 weeks up to 1 year for facilitated discussions tailored to nurture connections between impact makers.

Curating Outcomes

Cohort members learn from and participate with Tom Tom’s network of leaders as they navigate a curated series of programs, developed to support the goals of cohorts.

Build on the Strengths of Your Community

Develop a leadership infrastructure to reimagine civic engagement, who can lead, and from where.

Participants are:

  • Active

  • Ambitious

  • Collaborative

  • Tenacious

  • Solution-oriented

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Unite Your Hometown Heroes

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ORGANIZER

  • Identify candidates

  • Guide outcomes

  • Engage with program design

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FUNDER

  • Increase visibility

  • Guide outcomes 

  • Provide the capital necessary to eliminate financial barriers to participation

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FACILITATOR

An experienced moderator who leads the facilitation of cohort sessions in coordination with Tom Tom staff.

How a cohort works

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PROOF OF CONCEPT

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OUTCOMES

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THE MODEL

Cohorts offer opportunities for community leaders to intersect with their peers in new, creative ways—and to workshop ideas for the future.

The 2020 Danville/Pittsylvania Cohort convened 14 emerging leaders to move the region through and beyond the pandemic.

  • Build issue awareness

  • Catalyze strong relationships

  • Highlight the region’s assets & opportunities

  • Inspire unique collaboration

Possible Outcomes 

Identify and understand your region’s assets, challenges, and opportunities.

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A proposed co-working space generates interest in Danville’s River District.

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Inspire community members to reimagine public service, who can lead, and from where.

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A member of the Danville Cohort participates in a video call to discuss the impacts of COVID-19 on her organization and brainstorm resilient pivots. 

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Strategize solutions for your region’s challenges informed by discussions and actualized through relationships cultivated during the program.

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Former Virginia Secretary of Commerce, Jim Cheng, discusses innovative solutions to bolstering economic vitality with a Hometown Summit Cohort.

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Position the cohort and associated stakeholders as leaders in critical conversations impacting their communities.

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A member of the Danville cohort founds an LGBTQ+ group to provide visible emotional and physical support through events, mentor-ships, supportive businesses, and community resources.

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CONNECTION

"What this did for me was help facilitate my ability to connect with people. A lot of us are involved in different silos where we’re working, so it was a good opportunity to meet different people and find out what their areas of expertise and areas of involvement are.” 

—  Steven Osborne, Attorney, Adams and Fisk, PLC

What people are saying

Explore Past Cohorts

“NextGen Southside” was a seven-week virtual learning and networking opportunity for emerging leaders from Southern Virginia. Taking place throughout our 2020 Cities Rising Summit, this initiative was designed in the context of COVID-19, with the Dan River Region’s challenges, assets, and opportunities in mind.

A series of virtual events built in collaboration with our long-time community partners at United Way of Greater Charlottesville. We met online for weekly explorations into the inequities revealed by Covid-19, seeking to better understand the critical questions: how did we get here, and where do we go from here? 

Interested in developing your own Cohort? 

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