LVA helps people and organization build the knowledge, skills and abilities to achieve their personal and organizational vision and mission.
LVA's approach to capacity building is guided by three pillars:
1. The Popular Education Methodology which is defined as "a participatory learning process that believes everyone has something to contribute". In practice, this means that we design sessions to build on and utilize each learners' own skills and experience.
2. Learning By Doing which is the practical application of concepts learned during capacity sessions to help participants incorporate new knowledge and skills.
3. Adult Learning Styles which integrate visual, kinesthetic, and auditory practices.
Our services include designing and supporting learning communities, training and workshops, in both English and Spanish. LVA's training catalog, which can be customized for each client, includes:
As trained and experienced facilitators, we partner with clients to co-design learning communities focused on achieving increased capacity, continuous improvement, and greater alignment between practitioners and their sponsoring organizations. Our unique approach incorporates visual templates, popular education, and adult learning principles to help participants build deeper relationships so they can truly learn from one another as they work together to achieve their desired goals and outcomes.
As adults, gaining new knowledge and skills requires repetition and follow-up support. To that end, LVA's capacity building support includes individual and/or group coaching to help new knowledge, skills and practices "stick".
Meetings do not have to be boring! As the saying goes, "A picture is worth a thousand words" and we intentionally design fun, engaging, and highly participatory meetings to help each client achieve their unique vision and goals. As a bilingual (English-Spanish) facilitator, Laura tailors each results-focused agenda and facilitation guide by blending and integrating a range of facilitation approaches and techniques, including
In addition, we integrate expressive art practices to help individuals and groups tap into more creative, non-verbal, non-linear concepts that enable groups to truly think outside the box.
The benefits of our unique capacity building & facilitation approach include:
Finally, as a Spanish-speaking facilitator, Laura can expertly support Latinx non-English speaking communities with conversations on the impact of colonialism and racism in order to achieve equity and justice.