Trainer leadership​ initiative

​Beyond Us and Them, formerly Center for Council’s, Trainer Leadership Initiative provides direct council training, mentorship and support for extraordinary individuals working in the areas of race and reconciliation, education, educational equity, youth rehabilitation, children’s welfare, health, human rights, gender equality, environmental justice, the arts, restorative justice, prisoner reentry, and more.

Participants hail from Anti-Recidivism Coalition, Contra-Tiempo Latin Dance Theatre, Kids and Families Together, Heart of Los Angeles/HOLA, PS Arts, Extraordinary Families, Wolf Connection, The Actors Gang, Altadena/Pasadena Council for Reconciliation, One-Step A La Vez, LA Gay and Lesbian Center, Pasadena/Altadena Sustainability Initiative, and other organizations and communities. 

The Trainer Leadership Initiative’s rigorous and rich curriculum includes: 

  • Advanced Council Training
  • ​Individualized Mentoring
  • Professional Development Modules
  • Cohort Council Sessions
  • Internship Opportunities  

Newly-Certified Council Trainers will bring their knowledge and skill-set back into their respective organizations and communities to provide specialized council training for those they work with, organize and serve, offering a compassion-based response to the challenges their communities grapple with daily. 

The Trainer Leadership is generously funded by the Angell Foundation.

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