Following is a list of Verve Exchange’s core curriculum offerings. This list is not exhaustive, and new curriculum is generated each year. Training sessions can be designed using any of our core curriculum elements seen here, and we are happy to modify our sessions to suit a variety of workshop, retreat, and speaking engagement settings. Don’t see what you’re looking for? Get in touch, we may be able to develop a custom curriculum just for you!

Fundamental Skills Development

Basic Communication

Learners will recognize how our visual and vocal cues impact both message delivery and interpretation.

Communication Styles

Learners will identify the four primary communication styles and demonstrate the skills necessary to interact with each style effectively.

Active Listening

Learners will characterize effective listening, develop the ability to ask the right questions and to convey understanding.


Learners will define the components of delivering and receiving feedback proactively and effectively.

Inquiry and Advocacy

Learners will develop the skills to effectively communicate their ideas and proactively explore the ideas of others.

Rapport Building

Learners will characterize the skills and frameworks necessary to create an authentic rapport in order to foster camaraderie and assist in navigating difficult conversations.

Learning Styles

Learners will compare and contrast the primary learning and thinking styles, and define the ways in which appealing to individual processing needs enhances our impact and influence.

Roots of Behavior

Learners will explore how personal experiences impact the “story we tell ourselves” and how these stories inform our reactions.

Emotional Intelligence

Learners will analyze the physiological nature of emotion and develop the skills to properly assess, express, and validate emotion. 

Conflict Resolution

Learners will categorize types of conflict and primary conflict styles, and learn different conflict resolution strategies.

Leadership Behaviors

Learners will define the key functions of leadership as defined by our supportive behaviors and our directive behaviors.

Situational Leadership

Learners will analyze the situational application of their management behaviors as dictated by the levels of commitment and competency of their supervisees.

Stages of Group Development

Learners will recognize the cycle of group develop and synthesize their understanding of management behaviors and situational leadership as it pertains to working with groups.

Assessing Foundations

Learners will evaluate the structures and systems used to define roles, responsibilities, and relationships amongst the team.

Personal Leadership Identity

Learners will compare a variety of leadership characteristics, behaviors, and styles in order to evaluate and define their personal leadership identity.


Learners will identify individual and team motivational needs and develop the ability to meet those needs effectively and proactively.

Behavior Change Management

Learners will review the skills necessary to enhance performance, manage behavior effectively and deliver discipline progressively.

Project Management Approach

Learners will review and practice the components of project management through tasks, targets, and timelines.

Experiential Learning

Learners will demonstrate an understanding of the experiential learning process and an ability to perform adequate debriefs in order to enhance on the job learning and competency development.


Leadership and Management



Personal Service Mission

Learners will describe their personal service motivations and construct a compass to guide their service activities and behaviors moving forward.

Civic Engagement

Learners will explore concepts of civic engagement, deepen understanding of the four pillars of civic engagement, will rank engagement activities and will create a personal definition of civic engagement.

Cycle of Service

Learners will gain insight into the “Cycle of Service” and assess and evaluate their experience through a personal lens.

Life after Service

Learners will assess the impact of their service through a personal lens and identify ways to translate their service into future endeavors.

Service Days

Learners will define a successful Service Day and develop the ability to design and implement high impact service events accordingly. 

Volunteer Management

Learners will organize the “Three R’s” of volunteer management; Recruitment, Retention, and Recognition, and develop the tools necessary to manage both episodic and long-term volunteers effectively.


Risk Management

Risk Management 101

Learners will define the systems and structures required to develop a risk management program.

Safety Culture

Learners will analyze the various human factors that contribute to, or detract from, a strong safety culture.

Judgment and Decision Making

Learners will evaluate the plethora of psychological and sociological factors that impact individual and group judgment and decision making.


Professional Skills

Goal Setting

Learners will characterize the features of effective goal setting and develop the skills necessary to translate goals into tactical strategies and action steps.


Learners will describe the value of networking, identify key networking strategies, and construct networking goals.

Intergenerational Differences

Learners will compare and contrast generational dynamics, assess their perceptions of each, and identify strategies to work affectively across generations. 


Training the Trainer


Learners will recognize the elements of effective facilitation, practice in a safe environment and assess their personal facilitation skills and style.

Adult Learning

Learners will identify the key attributes of adult learning and analyze their application to various populations and settings.

Designing a Verve Exchange

Learners will evaluate their own current curricula and identify areas to inject “Verve Practices” in order to strengthen learning outcomes and delivery. 


Program Development

Program Development 101

Learners will define the relationship between vision, mission, objectives, strategies and activities, and will utilize logic models to develop program design tools.

Program Development 201

Learners will develop comprehensive matrices to use as tools in program planning, implementation, and evaluation.

Positive Youth Development (PYD)

Learners will characterize the key components of the Positive Youth Development Model and assess their program’s incorporation of PYD components.