Leadership Training Class

Neighborhood Coordinator

Debbie Sharp
[email protected]
(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. 

Due to the current COVID-19 crisis, the scheduled 12 week course has been cancelled.
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 [email protected].