ConnectionCorps is a facilitator training initiative for undergraduate students. The initiative prepares ConnectionCorps facilitators to foster democratic participation and authentic connections among participants in the Center for Democracy and Civic Life’s workshops and programs (e.g., Change Makers Dinners, Changing Maryland, Dinners with Friends, and Together Beyond). Participants in ConnectionCorps-facilitated programs reflect on their values, passions, strengths, and aspirations; learn about civic institutions and practices; build skills relating to interpersonal communication, organizing, advocacy, and strategic planning; develop solidarity, critical awareness, and collective power to address injustices such as systemic, identity-based oppression; and envision and undertake shared work to strengthen their communities.

ConnectionCorps facilitators participate in bi-weekly and ad-hoc training sessions to build community, develop skills, prepare to facilitate, and reflect on their experiences.