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Neighborhoods Now!

Neighborhoods Now!

Neighborhoods Now! is an innovative community educational series to strengthen the work of individuals and organizations working in neighborhoods to:

  1. Organize to win issues for people and places. 
  2. Build power to change systems for racial equity and economic justice.
  3. Build organizations whose leadership is reflective of the community.
  4. Build diverse and effective cross cultural collaborations.

Neighborhoods Now! has sessions in the Spring and Fall.

Neighborhoods Now! Program

  • Orientation and Intro to Materials and training, Organizing Issues, Part 1 
  • Organizing Issues, Part 2
  • Systems Change, Part 1
  • Systems Change, Part  2

The course will have select guest speakers in the field, a field action, and graduation. 

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.

Program Goals

  • 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?

Neighborhoods Now! Spring 2017 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.

How it Works

Neighborhoods Now! 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.

Stay up-to-date on the next Neighborhoods Now! session

Interested Participants should email Malik Holt-Shabazz or Ned Moore with any questions or call 612-624-2300.

Sponsoring CURA Program: 
CURA Contact: 
Ned Moore Neighborhood Leadership and Organizing Program Director (612) 625-5805
Malik (Christopher) Holt-Shabazz Neighborhood Leadership and Organizing Program Coordinator (612) 624-2300