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CPDC Residents Present Network-Building Model at NeighborWorks Leadership Institute

CPDC staff aren’t the only ones who benefit from–and contribute to–NeighborWorks trainings.

CLI-Kentucky-group-photoFor the first time in CPDC’s history, residents attended the annual NeighborWorks Community Leadership Institute (CLI) in Louisville, KY. Six residents from Edgewood Commons, under the guidance of Yerodin Avent, traveled to Louisville from October 15-18 to meet hundreds of residents from across the country, develop their leadership skills, plan for events in their community and share the work within which they’ve been engaged.

Pamela Thornton, Ranell Davis, Antonette Gaskins, Lesia Alleyne-Lamorell, Andre Ford, and Eressa Robinson along with staffer Yerodin Avent were invited to present a workshop on “Network Building at Edgweood Commons,” an intense effort to increase engagement and connectedness in the community. The workshop was well-received and attended by more than 20 people. Participants suggested the group “take their show on the road,” which was encouraging and inspiring, leaving residents feeling proud of their involvement.

For two team members, the flight to Louisville was their first. And for some, it was the first time being outside of their neighborhoods.

Residents expressed it was nice to meet people from all over the country and discover they have so much in common with others.  One resident expressed she is already learning many things being taught in the workshops though Edgewood’s existing Network Action Team, a group of residents who commit to six months of learning and action planning to benefit their community.

Two of the residents completed a workshop titled “Ten Steps to Effective Action Planning” and will  present what they learned to other members of the Network Stewards and Network Action Team.

The CLI Team is eligible for a $2,000 NeighborWorks Community Building Grant and will soon submit an application for a project that will benefit the community, specifically targeting young adults aged 16-24.

To learn more about how the operating culture at Edgewood Commons has shifted through increased resident leadership, support, and interdependence, see our whitepaper: “The Power of Intentional Networks in Mixed-Income Housing.

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