Announcing the Community Change Experience 2022

Tenacious Change is so excited to officially announce the launch of the Community Change Experience being held in Delray Beach, Florida, October 24-27 2022. This unique gathering is being hosted in partnership by EJS Project, Palm Health Foundation, Tamarack Institute, and Tenacious Change

The Core Planning Group from these organizations was convened in late 2019 by Tenacious Change. Just as we were to launch a promotion for the original event, which was to be held in 2020, the pandemic hit, and we had to postpone it. Still, our vision remained strong and clear. Now, in 2022, the Community Change Experience is finally happening! 

The Community Change Experience is for community engagers, practitioners, and innovators.  It is about shifting mindsets and helping you to build the skills you need to lead authentically and enable your community to shine. Discover and be inspired by how others are tackling pressing issues like behavioral and mental health crises, environmental sustainability, and inclusion, belonging, and equity. 

Through peer-to-peer learning, plenary discussions, immersive community experiences in and around Delray Beach, workshops, and beautiful food and celebration, you’ll connect with both your head and your heart. Together we’ll leave with the energy to take on the work ahead. 

Above all else, this is a space for active participation. We all have something to share and we all have something to learn. Join individually or as a team to ensure that your learning spurs real and lasting change.

Together we will experience the bright spots of community change.

Learn more and register

Spaces are limited. Reach out if you have any questions. 


Charlemos con Clemencia (“Chat with Clemencia”)

Summer 2022 Session Now Open for Enrollment 

The Summer session runs from June 13 through September 22. If you, colleagues, or friends would like to strengthen your Spanish language skills, Charlemos con Clemencia is one of the one of the most convenient, inexpensive, and best options available. 

In English, the Spanish word “charlemos” means “let’s chat” and that is what we are inviting you to do. Through Charlemos con Clemencia you can improve your Spanish in a fun and relaxed environment. Clemencia is Clemencia Vargas, PhD, a retired dentist, sociologist, health disparities researcher and a forever public health enthusiast.  When she retired from the University of Maryland in 2019, she launched into her 2nd career as a Spanish teacher.

Her personal mission through Charlemos con Clemencia is to increase the Spanish speaking capacity of those serving the Latino community. Becoming more comfortable engaging Spanish speakers in their native language communicates respect, compassion, and humility. Tenacious Change has partnered with Charlemos con Clemencia because we believe in this mission. 

By the way, in case you were wondering…this is NOT ANYTHING like your junior high or high school Spanish grammar class. It’s all about conversation and communication. 

Since Clemencia started her online Spanish conversation courses in 2020 she has had students from 15 states in the United States and three countries on three continents. In addition to conversation classes through Charlemos con Clemencia, Clemencia also offers online classes through Prince George’s Community College in Maryland. Each week, in total, about 100 students meet to chat with Clemencia. 

Visit charlemos.net to learn more and to register for classes beginning June 13. 


FREE Stuff from Tenacious Change!

Tenacious Change now has a dedicated web page where you can download free materials. We just opened the page last week with two new resources.

Collaborating for Change: Public Schools and Community-based Organizations was written to strengthen the understanding of community-based organizations on how to collaborate with public schools more effectively. Tom Klaus (Tenacious Change), Jakob Klaus (Plaid Hound Analysis and Advising), Jessica Lawrence (Cairn Guidance), and Berta Longoria (Community Action Corporation of South Texas) all contributed to Collaborating for Change.

25 Context Expert Community Engagement Tips is a companion tool to Collaborating for Change. It offers ideas and suggestions for engaging community members (Context Experts) and facilitating collaboration between them and public-school officials (Content Experts). Tom Klaus and Jakob Klaus are co-authors on this piece. 

To access these resources, follow the links above (or this one). 

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