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
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
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 – email@example.com.