Conducted virtually

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Apply Today - Deadline January 11

Potential participants should fill out an application form by the January 11 deadline by visiting: http://z.umn.edu/nnow. Because space is limited, we will contact you shortly after the application deadline to schedule an interview or confirm your enrollment.

Neighborhoods Now! Spring 2021 Program Calendar

The course is February 22 - 26 from 10am - 2:30pm each day. The course will also have select guest speakers from the field, two follow-up Think Tanks and graduation all conducted virtually.

Graduates of the Spring/Fall 2020 Neighborhoods Now!

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! Spring 2021 session offers five different classes that are each a day long. Course participants are expected to attend all five of the day-long classes, with follow-up Think Tank sessions with your fellow cohort organizers, 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-to-1 support from CURA staff.

Customized virtual experience

We've made changes to the delivery of our core curriculum to make the most of the virtual experience for participants, without missing out on key content and relationship building, including:

  • Shorter days with regular breaks
  • Individualized reflection assignments to do offline
  • Multimedia presentations and large group facilitation tools
  • Afternoon time in breakout rooms for small group discussion
  • A commitment to host an in-person group gathering and celebration once it is safe to do so after graduation!