Education and Training

We develop curriculum for technical, human, and strategic skills needed for community change.

Neighborhood Leadership Academy

A day-long training to develop community members with levels of strategy needed to organize a neighborhood and volunteer-led group.

The training encourages attendees to take on leadership roles in their neighborhoods and provides the skills necessary to develop and execute collaborative projects. Neighborhood Leadership Academy (NLA) is hosted in North, South, West, and Midtown Omaha to meet the interests of each community. We use a survey to determine the curriculum from the list below.

Asset-Base Community Development – building on the strengths of a community and the skillsets of its residents to address wants and needs

Formalization – how to grow, structure, and establish a neighborhood organization

Fundraising – non-grant fundraising strategies

Grant Writing – strategies to develop projects and write a successful grant

Communication – how to keep neighbors connected and building a brand identity

Neighborhood Revitalization – an overview of strategies to revitalize your neighborhood and how to start the process

Strategic Planning and Visioning – how to build projects and create long-term plans for activities or positive change

Succession Planning and Mentorship – identify and develop the future leaders of you neighborhood

Volunteer Recruitment and Maintenance – strategies for the recruitment and coordination of volunteers

Block Talks Training – how to measure the walkability and accessibility of your neighborhood to create projects, programs, and policy goals

Meeting Facilitation – how to run an orderly, effective, and inclusive meeting

Civics Academy

An annual, all-day training to boost civic engagement and build the capacity of community advocates.

Through interactive presentations and panel discussions, participants develop a framework of local government by learning the function of various departments, how they serve our city, an understanding of resources, and how to effectively organize for change. Below is the initial list for this training.

Organization and Vision – what is the structure of our local government and how is the vision developed

Mechanics – learn the departments and agencies, what they address, and how they are resources for you

City Council – learn about the seven elected positions to govern our city and what their responsibilities are

Financing Omaha – how the city budget works

Elected Officials – a rotation of elected positions and how they impact our community

Civic Conversations

A quarterly discussion of complex topics. Our goal is to create a well-informed community with the knowledge of processes and functions for challenging policies, elected positions, and local programs. Below is our list for 2020.

Douglas County Board of Commissioners

Tax Increment Financing

Community Development Block Grants

We offer our Leadership Series every year to meet our community’s needs. We are always open to suggestions or recommendations for additional topics, email our program coordinator, Michael Van Sant –