Training will be held virtually, via Zoom.
Apply Today - Deadline September 12
Potential participants should fill out an application form. Because space is limited, we will contact you shortly after the application deadline to schedule an interview or confirm your enrollment.
Neighborhoods Now! Fall 2022 Program Calendar
The course is October 24-28 from 10am - 3:00pm each day conducted virtually. The course will also have select guest speakers from the field. Two follow-up Think Tanks and graduation will be in-person with a virtual option.
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! 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.
Yes, sessions will be provided virtually. Since the pandemic, we have graduated several cohorts using an online format and received positive feedback and evaluations. 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
- In-person Think Tank sessions and in-person graduation ceremony with a virtual option
Additionally, we recognize that offering Neighborhoods Now! virtually allows for people to participate who otherwise may not be able to. For that reason, we intend to offer at least one virtual training per year moving forward.