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The Collaborative Learning Institute (CLI) is a no-cost training program for injury and violence prevention practitioners in North Carolina. The primary focus of this training is to demonstrate how a systems thinking approach can be utilized to strengthen collaborative partnerships and/or prevention initiatives through targeting shared risk and protective factors (SRPFs) for adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). Training activities focus on gaining a deeper understanding of SRPFs and systems thinking, learning how to utilize systems thinking tools to identify opportunities for strategic alignment, and hands on experience applying these tools to real world scenarios.

The CLI is geared toward working with teams of 4-5 individuals representing at least two to three diverse community sectors, interests, and/or populations. You are encouraged to apply if you:

  • Are a North Carolina community group/coalition, county, district, or region focusing on the prevention of adverse childhood experiences whose members represent multiple organizations, backgrounds, or disciplines
  • Have experienced challenges when trying to begin your group/coalition’s ACEs prevention initiatives or have had difficulties advancing existing initiatives
  • Want to learn how to utilize systems thinking tools to strategically build or strengthen partnerships to address ACEs within your community
  • Have a committed, core team of four to five members with an identified lead representative.

Pre-applications for the 2024 CLI are now open!


The pre-application should be completed by teams who are interested in participating in the 2024 CLI. Only one member from each team needs to complete this pre-application on behalf of the entire team.

Teams that meet the eligibility requirements for the CLI will receive details about the schedule for the 2024 CLI sessions (which will be determined based on details collected from the pre-applications) and an invitation to complete the full application. The full application will collect information about each team member and details regarding what the team is aiming to get out of completing the CLI. Before completing this pre-application, please review the 2024 IFNC CLI Information Packet in detail to learn more about the CLI learning content, time commitment, and eligibility requirements.

Pre-applications are being accepted until Thursday, August 31, 2023 at 11:59 PM EST. Pre-applications will be reviewed to determine eligibility, and all eligible applications will receive an invitation to complete the full application by Friday, September 8, 2023. Full applications will be accepted until Friday, September 29, 2023, and applicants will be notified of decisions by Wednesday, November 8, 2023.


This round of the CLI will include a total 4 – 5 required sessions and will potentially include at least 1 (and a max of 3) person sessions. The specific schedule for these sessions will be determined by the information collected through the pre-applications, and the full scheduled will be shared with all eligible teams invited to complete the full application. Selected teams will need to commit to attending all CLI sessions.


Applicant Information Sessions

We will be hosting optional information sessions for those who may be interested in learning more about the CLI, have questions about the application process, time commitment, session content, etc. The details about the information sessions are listed below.

August 17: 4:00 – 5:00 Pm EST

August 23 : 11:00 AM – 12:00 Pm EST

Join via this Zoom link or dial-in (929-436-2866, Meeting ID: 914 9435 7441)


If any questions arise, please contact the CLI Project Manager, Siarra Scott at siscott[at] for assistance.

If you are interested in using a systems thinking approach for ACEs prevention efforts but, for any reason, are not able to apply to the CLI, IFNC offers another training program, Strengthening Systems for North Carolina Children (SYNC), that may be a good fit for your goals. Click on the infographic below to view a comparison of the CLI and SYNC.