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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.
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.

Team applications for the 2024 CLI were accepted in the fall of 2023. Teams that met the eligibility requirements received details about the schedule for the 2024 CLI sessions and an invitation to complete the full application. The full application collected information about each team member and details regarding what the team is aiming to get out of completing the CLI. Team members were asked to review the 2024 IFNC CLI Information Packet in detail to learn more about the CLI learning content, time commitment, and eligibility requirements.


Please contact the CLI Project Manager, Siarra Scott at if you have any questions.

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.