The NCR 594 Project is about teaching leadership skills to community members and activists to make them effective as leaders in the community and representatives of the community. Central to this project has been the development of a curriculum for the leadership training part of the project. I have finally finished with the first draft.
I started working on this project in December of 2015. Originally it was going to be my thesis project to graduate from the NCRP program at CSU Dominguez Hills. Things changed a bit and my thesis project ended up being a research paper on the effects of leadership training on community social capital. That was the theoretical basis of the project I wanted to implement. With the curriculum done I now have the practical basis for implementing the program.
This has been a much more difficult project than I imagined it would be. I thought when I finished my thesis I had everything I needed to quickly write up a plan and get to work. I foolhardily promised some interested parties that I would have a finished curriculum in August of 2016. At that point all I really had was an outline.
I can say that I have been obsessing over the completion of this document for over 10 months. It has never escaped my consciousness for more than a few hours since last May when I graduated. Not that I spent a lot of time writing; I have just been thinking about it and gathering and reading material and deciding what I should put in and what I should leave out.
Then, in the last few weeks I decided it was time to write. And I have been writing. And it turned into something I did not quite expect. I will review it in the morning. By Monday I hope to have a few volunteer peer reviewers. In two weeks time I hope to have it reviewed and to be working on edits. By the end of the month I hope to start promulgating the text and scheduling training sessions.
I feel like a great weight has been lifted off my chest. I feel like this project has entangled me, holding me back from moving on to other things. This is not a bad thing; this project is the basis of several other projects I would like to get working on. I still feel a lot freer now than I did earlier.
I am happy.