Organizing the communityby Carolyn Classen on Aug. 07, 2009, under Education, Life, Politics
Pro Neighborhoods is offering a community organizing course starting August 19 for activists and neighborhood leaders who care about the community where they live. “This popular course is geared for anyone interested in working for change in their neighborhood or community. Local and national experts guide participants in developing organizational skills including asset mapping, engaging neighbors, and creating a community vision.”
I’ve take several similar mini-workshops there at Pro Neighborhoods over the years and I couldn’t have described the content of this course any better.
Being on non-profit boards (i. e. Friends of Agua Caliente Park), for my own neighborhood association, and political groups, I know that these courses are well worth the $75 fee (sliding scale available). You will learn to analyze your group structure, realize the passions & resources of each individual and business involved, learn how to reach out for more assistance, to create a common goal.
This course does give a certificate upon completion and 3 credits at Pima Community College, an added plus. It runs for 17 weeks till December 9 at 320 North Commerce Loop. Contact Joanie Sawyer at 520-903-3993 for more information or visit the Pro Neighborhoods website at:
PRO Neighborhoods was created in 1994 by a collaboration of City of Tucson, Pima County, Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, and United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona. I am also one of their grant reviewers to decide how to allot small grants (less than $5000) for neighborhood projects such as mini parks, classes, and clean up projects. A long list of the previous grant recipients is on their website if your neighborhood is thinking of applying.