Community Development Mentorship Program

Instead of a traditional nonprofit volunteer/internship program, Village Earth’s mentorship program is designed to provide practical training and guidance to the next generation of community leaders and allies by working alongside Village Earth management, staff and community partners to support our community-based partners, research and advocacy, and training programs. Participants also learn principles and skills in non-profit management including program management, fundraising, outreach, financial management, donor management, and more.

Those accepted into the program follow clear learning paths designed around their interests that allow then to gain competency and access to expanded opportunities, responsibility and recognition within the organization. Participants progress through their particular track through the completion of online and in-person trainings and accomplishing predefined project-based outcomes. Upon completion of a training or accomplishment, participants are awarded digital badges that both serve as evidence of their increased competency and skill while also unlocking higher levels of training within their chosen learning paths. Village Earth awards badges following the Mozilla Open Badges standard and can be shared and displayed on platforms such as LinkedIn, Credly, Badgr, Mozilla Backpack, or Open Badges Passport.

To be gain access to Village Earth’s training programs you must first complete an Mentorship Program Application and be accepted into the program. Upon acceptance you will be emailed login credentials to access Village Earth’s online training portal.

Track A: Supporting Grassroots Organizations

Training 1: Volunteer OrientationThis course provides an overview of Village Earth's history, philosophy, mission, and programs. It also provides information about serving as a Village Earth volunteer/intern, volunteer advancement and recognition, and some of the tools you'll be using as a volunteer
Training 2: Supporting Grassroots ActionThis course explores the history, principles and rationale behind Village Earth's Global Affiliate Program, as a structure to support grassroots action, and the principle, practices and tools for providing support to grassroots organization around the globe.

You must have earned the following badges to unlock this training: Volunteer Orientation


Track B: Training Program Outreach and Management

Track C: Community-Based Research and Advocacy