By Sheilah M. Powell

Mobilize Recovery is coming to Reno!! And there are TWO events on 9/6 that you can attend!

Join us in this experiential workshop to learn how to share your stories in powerful ways and use storytelling in your leadership. Over the course of this four-hour training, visual artist Rosi Greenberg and spoken word artist  Joseph Green will share a powerful narrative technique that enables you to share your Story of Self (why you are called to your leadership), a Story of US (the moments that bring our community together) and the Story of Now (what’s urgent that needs our action, and the call to act together). This workshop is based on Public Narrative, the leadership practice taught by Professor Marshall Ganz at Harvard University, and is infused with life experience with recovery, finding resilience in mental health, and leadership. Everyone will write their own personal story, then work in small groups to practice, learning through experience and iteration in community. Through this narrative practice, participants will connect and build the power needed to create change for recovery.

This year, we’re excited to use storytelling to support all the different state’s campaign goals. Every storyteller will have the option to receive coaching and film their story to participate in important legislative campaigns and call others to action. This workshop is for anyone who worries if they have a story, as well as people who have been telling their stories out loud for years, and everyone in between, including family members, people in recovery, and allies of recovery. The session will be facilitated by two spectacular professional speakers and storytelling trainers with lived experience in mental health disorders and resilience. Previous participants at Mobilize have called this workshop “life-changing” and said it was “the missing piece and the confidence I needed” to file to run for office.

You must be able to attend the full four hours to attend this workshop as the elements build on one another and go deep. We will have several breaks during the time. To register for this event, click here

After the training, join us at the Reno Believe Sign at 5pm!! Sign the bus and leave a message of hope for others in our country. Join recovery advocates, leaders, and community members for this one-of-a-kind event as we celebrate National Recovery Month. Enjoy an evening of connection, speakers, and resources.  Space is extremely limited so please register TODAY!

The training event is organized by The Voices Project, and hosted and supported by a cohort of supportive organizations – the Dry Society Social Club, Black Wall Street Reno, The Recovery Hour podcast, Foundation for Recovery, Reps For Recovery Black Iron Gym, Center for the Application of Substance Abuse Technologies, and Nevada’s Recovery and Prevention Community (NRAP).

There are so many amazing and innovative organizations that are supporting and hosting this event. Check them out below and see what they do for our community! 

The Dry Society Club is an organization that celebrates the community who support, or are in recovery from substance use disorders, behavioral health issues, and other life challenges. They promote the reduction of stigma and misconceptions that cloud public understanding of mental illness and substance use disorders.

Black Wall Street Reno is a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization formed to meet the ever-present needs of the Black community, at-risk teens, and underserved minority groups in the Reno/Sparks area. 

The Recovery Hour podcast features all humans recovering from all things and is hosted by Lori Windfeldt. This is not your average sober podcast. 

Foundation for Recovery is Nevada’s statewide Recovery Community Organization and is a nonprofit led by volunteers and staff in recovery from mental health and substance use disorders. They support people and families struggling and create a sense of community among those with lived-experience. They focus on strengths, not illnesses.

Reps4Recovery is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that strives to strengthen the recovery community and health of recovering people through fitness coaching, community, and mentorship.

The Center for the Application of Substance Abuse Technologies provides training, technical assistance, evaluation, research, and other services to support SUD prevention, treatment and recovery.

Nevada’s Recovery and Prevention Community (NRAP) provides an environment of nurturing support and peer connections for students recovering from substance and behavioral addictions and students choosing a substance-free lifestyle.​

Please register ASAP as space is filling up!  The event location is the Renaissance Reno Downtown Hotel & Spa located at One Lake Street in Reno. See you there!