Leadership Training Class

Neighborhood Coordinator

Debbie Sharp
(865) 215-3232

400 Main St., Room 546
Knoxville, TN 37902

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Building Strong Neighborhood Organization" is a 12 week series of workshops.  This is a leadership training program created specifically for participants in and leaders of resident-led, resident-controlled, democratically run neighborhood groups — as well as individuals who would like to start neighborhood associations in unorganized neighborhoods. Over 55 neighborhood leaders have graduated from this class in the past.  We consider anyone helping in a neighborhood organization or to start an organization to be a leader. 

Because of the time commitment, we are looking to offer the series of workshops on several weekends to see if that works better for neighbors.  We are looking to try a class in the Spring/Summer of 2020.  There is a survey to see which dates might work for the most neighbors. 

This course is free and snacks are provided. 

Every participant in these workshops will receive tips and encouragement for developing a neighborhood improvement project.  There may be $500 Micro Grant funding available for neighborhoods who have a neighbor graduate from the class.  

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.

Participants receive resources including a link to the book, “Building Powerful Community Organizations,” along with a 3-ring binder full of numerous “how-to” articles on various aspects of creating and sustaining community-based organizations.

Applications are now being accepted. 
If you have any questions please email Debbie Sharp at dsharp@knoxvilletn.gov.