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Neighborhood Organization Staff Training: Taking on Neighborhood Problems

Date and time: 
January 27, 2012 - 12:00am - 3:00pm

University of Minnesota UROC
2001 Plymouth Ave. N.
Minneapolis, MN

Directions:  Take I-94 Westbound past the Lowry tunnel. Exit onto I-394 going west. Exit at Penn Ave. Turn right and go north 1.3 miles to Plymouth Ave. N.  Turn right onto Plymouth, then right again into UROC.

Description: This in-depth training is designed to help staff learn organizing fundamentals and apply them effectively to their community groups. The training combines comprehensive coverage of organizing basics, trainings tailored to the individual needs of each organizer and group, long-term follow-through, and group support from fellow neighborhood organizers. These trainings will be given primarily through questions, problem-solving, and direct experience, and are free of charge.

The training also gives participants the opportunity to get individual, direct, hands-on help for specific neighborhood projects. Do you need to get more people involved in your organization?  Write a grant or raise funds for a project? Clean up a problem property or close down a drug house? Organize a well-run and energized neighborhood meeting? Do outreach to immigrants in your community?  You can get help for your project at this training.

The training is composed of the following parts:

1. INITIAL INTENSIVE TRAINING will concentrate on providing organizers with the nuts and bolts of organizing. The initial training will take six hours per week over three weeks. Topics covered include:

  • Leadership development
  • Grassroots and foundation fundraising
  • Organizing under-represented groups        
  • Volunteer recruitment
  • Running meetings and events
  • Research
  • Media and communication
  • Issues identification

The first two sessions will be:

  • Thursday, January 26, Noon to 3:00 P.M. - Running Effective Meetings
  • Friday, January 27, Noon to 3:00 P.M. - Taking on Neighborhood Problems

2. WEEKLY INDIVIDUAL MEETINGS with each organizer to discuss and analyze the projects and challenges facing each neighborhood. These meetings will be custom designed to meet the needs of each organizer and community group. These sessions can run for as many weeks as you need to carry out your project

3. MONTHLY GROUP MEETINGS of the participating organizers to share their experiences.

If you have questions, please contact Jay Clark at 612-625-2513 or clark037@umn.edu.

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