Neighborhoods Now!

Neighborhoods Now! is an innovative community educational series to strengthen the work of individuals and organizations working in neighborhoods so they can 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, and build diverse and effective cross cultural collaborations. 

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 should attend?

Neighborhoods Now! is appropriate for neighborhood organizers and resident leaders. 

How it Works

Neighborhoods Now! includes four one-day sessions, and participants are expected to attend every session. Participants will also be invited to follow-up think tank sessions with fellow organizers, a planned field action, guest speaker programs, and a graduation. Throughout the course, participants will have access to 1-to-1 assistance from CURA staff.

Stay up-to-date 

Neighborhoods Now! has sessions in the spring and fall each year.

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Neighborhoods Now! Graduates 2015-2022

Neighborhoods Now! Graduates through 2022

Neighborhoods Now! Toolkit

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Malik’s Favorite Definition of Community Organizing

Life Cycle of an Organizing Campaign

Four Doors to Successful Door-Knocking

Community Power Analysis

What’s Our Message?

Alumni in the News

Headline News Outlet Featuring Date
Minnpost Angela Williams January 10, 2024
Sahan Journal Denise Butler December 6, 2023
MPR Mitchel Hansen November 28, 2023
Minnesota Spokesman Recorder Mary Taris November 22, 2023
Star Tribune Regan Reek November 19, 2023