Neighborhoods Now! is an innovative community educational series to strengthen the work of individuals and organizations working in neighborhoods to:
- Organize to win issues for people and places.
- Build power to change systems for racial equity and economic justice.
- Build organizations whose leadership is reflective of the community.
- Build diverse and effective cross cultural collaborations.
Register Today - The deadline for the next course is Sept. 22, 2016. Potential participants must fill out a Registration Form by the registration deadline by visiting: http://z.umn.edu/nnowregister. Because space is limited, we will contact you shortly after the registration deadline to confirm your enrollment.
12 Williams Ave SE
Neighborhoods Now! 2016 Program Calendar
The course will be Sept 26 - 29th, starts with an orientation class, from 10:00am - 4pm each day. The course
The course will also have select guest speakers in the field, a field action, and graduation. Location is to be announced.
Orientation and Intro to Materials and training, Organizing Issues, Part 1
Monday, Sept 26 - 10am - 4pm
Organizing Issues, Part 2
Tuesday, Sept 27 - 10am - 4pm
Systems Change, Part 1
Wednesday, Sept 28, 10am - 4pm
Systems Change, Part 2
Thursday, Sept 29, 10am - 4pm
Participants will receive all course materials, readings, research, tools, exercises, at-home work, data, and syllabus information before the classes begin.
Program Principles and Values
- Place-based community organizing: people coming together to identify and work on local issues in a specific geographic area.
- Community members understand their own issues like nobody else can, and must be the leading voice in setting their own agenda around decisions that affect them.
- Leadership of neighborhood organizations should be accountable to and reflective of the diverse communities they represent.
- Committed partnerships with low-wealth communities and communities of color.
- Strategic collaboration across communities to create an equitable region.
- Build skills and knowledge for place-based community organizing through trainings and education programs.
- Provide access to customized experiences including mentoring, coaching, consulting, technical assistance and training.
- Build relationships among community organizers and leaders to share and support each other’s work.
- Explore and connect with strategic partnerships between organizations across multiple geographies to influence decision making on a broader scale.
- Create opportunities to link organizing work with other CURA community programs that provide organizing resources, community based-research, mapping and data visualization.
Who is this for?
We welcome participants who have a passion and interest in learning and practicing neighborhood organizing skills including neighborhood and community organization staff, board and volunteers, as well as neighborhood residents who are not formally connected to an organization. We welcome people at a variety of skill levels, from people who are just getting started to experienced organizers and leaders looking to refresh or gain new skills. For each class we aim to recruit a culturally and geographically diverse group of participants.
How it Works
Neighborhoods Now! Fall 2016 session offers four different classes that are each a day long. Course participants are expected to attend all four of the day-long classes, with follow-up thinktank sessions with your fellow class organizers, a planned field action, guest speakers, and a graduation. During the entirety of the course and your new connection to CURA’s Neighborhood Organizing and Leadership Program, participants will have access to 1-2-1 assistance from CURA staff.
Register now at http://z.umn.edu/nnowregister.