“Whatever life we have experienced, if we can tell our story to someone who listens, we find it easier to deal with our circumstances.”  —Margaret Wheatley

Children become effective adults by being connected with community adults in their productive roles. The most effective local communities claim their youth and assume primary responsibility for their upbringing. “Where there are ‘thick’ community connections, both child development and school performance improve” (McKnight and Block, The Abundant Community).

Circles currently forming (If you would like to join a circle, click the contact to send an email request.)
Catherine McAuley Center, contact Gregory White
Catholic Charities, contact Stephen Schmitz
Cedar Falls/Waterloo Group, contact Don Walton
Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance, contact Quinn Pettifer
Coe College, contact Kristin Hutson
Diversity Focus, contact Chad Simmons
Diversity Focus, contact Becky Lutgen Gardner
Grantwood AEA, contact Lisa Frey or Katy K. Lee
IowaTransformED, contact Trace Pickering
Kirkwood Community College, contact Al Rowe
Kirkwood Community College, contact Barbara Oakland
Kirkwood Community College, contact Steve Williams
Kirkwood Community College, contact Todd Prusha
University of Minnesota – Winona, contact Randy Schenkat
University of Northern Iowa, contact Dr. Jan Bartlett