Brushy Fork Annual Institute

Train the Trainer: The Brushy Fork Community Leadership Curriculum

Track Leaders: Mark Nigro and Peter Hille

Every community needs a way to continually build the pool of engaged leaders. Brushy Fork has created a leadership curriculum that draws on more than twenty years of experience in Appalachian communities. Designed to be managed and implemented by local volunteers, the curriculum uses Brushy Fork materials to engage participants in exploring and developing their leadership for community development. Detailed instructions guide the local coordinators who will run the program. In this track, you will learn everything you need to know to organize your local program and conduct the workshops.

Track capacity: 25

Who should attend?

Engaged citizens who are ready and willing to take responsibility for running a local leadership program. Participants will need sufficient time available to dedicate to this work, either as volunteers or as part of their job.

What can I expect to learn?

  • How to organize and run a local leadership program.
  • How to recruit participants.
  • How to conduct the sessions for the leadership program and how to partner with resource people as needed.

Physical tools and takeaways from this session: 

A copy of the Brushy Fork Community Leadership Curriculum, containing all materials needed to run the program, including supporting media and handouts.

What past participants are saying:

“After coming to the Annual Institute you definitely feel that you can grab the ‘bull by the horns’ and change the world.”

“The prepared curriculum is packaged in a way that it can be taken right back to my community and implemented immediately.”


This session will be led by Mark Nigro, Brushy Fork Institute Program Associate. With degrees in Journalism, Business, and Education, Mark has held a variety of roles since 1982 in a diverse educational career, including teacher, outdoor educator, human resource trainer, and group development facilitator. He has facilitated numerous programs for a variety of leadership groups over the years. In the summer of 2013, Mark joined the Brushy Fork Institute as a Program Associate, and in this role provides leadership development for both Berea College and communities in the region. Mark’s favorite training topics include teamwork, motivation, dialogue, delegation, leadership and supervision.

Peter Hille, President of MACED, will assist with this track. Peter’s career has included leading strategic planning processes, workshops, retreats, and conferences for local, regional, and national organizations and contributing to the development of regional leadership and community development programs during his previous tenure as director of Brushy Fork Institute.


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