The City of Knoxville’s Office of Neighborhoods is taking applications for its neighborhood leadership training class, to be held this fall starting Sept. 1.
“Building Strong Neighborhood Organizations”
(BSNO) was created specifically for participants in and leaders of resident-led, resident-controlled neighborhood groups, as well as individuals who would like to start neighborhood associations in unorganized neighborhoods. Thirty neighborhood leaders have graduated from this class in the past.
The program is designed to address a wide variety of questions and concerns about starting and sustaining an effective neighborhood organization.
Topics include styles of leadership, identifying and building a neighborhood’s most important asset, how to facilitate effective meetings, recruiting and retaining members, internal and external communications, decision-making, conflict resolution, and strategic planning.
There will be one session per week on Thursday evenings, beginning September 1 and running through November 10 at the United Way building near downtown. Each of the 11 sessions will be two hours long (6-8 p.m.) with light snacks served beforehand.
The highly participatory sessions will be facilitated by David Massey, who has headed the city’s Office of Neighborhoods since 2008. He was president of the Fourth & Gill Neighborhood Organization in the early 1990s and played a role in the successful multi-neighborhood effort to persuade City Council to deny the zoning required for a garbage incinerator on Baxter Avenue two blocks from Happy Holler.
Participants will receive a textbook, “Building Powerful Community Organizations,” along with a 3-ring binder of numerous “how-to” articles on various aspects of creating and sustaining community-based organizations.
There is no charge, but seating is limited. Apply online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BSNO_Application
or call David Massey at 215-3232, to have a hard copy mailed to you. The deadline for applications is Monday, August 15.