Center for Neighborhood Leadership (CNL)
Creating the Next Generation of Grassroots and Community Development Leaders: ANHD’s Center for Neighborhood Leadership offers two exciting capacity building programs: 1) a 10-month apprenticeship; 2) the NYC Organizing Academy.
CNL Apprenticeship Program
Training grassroots residents for community careers and effective leadership: ANHD’s Center for Neighborhood Leadership (CNL) selects ten unemployed adults each year from low-income neighborhoods to train for grassroots non-profit careers. Each trainee is placed in a nine-month internship in at a community non-profit, and receives weekly training with support services. Now starting its fifth year, CNL has a 90% success rate in graduating to post-secondary education and/or permanent employment. In 2013/14, ANHD’s Center for Neighborhood Leadership (CNL) will be sponsoring a minimum of 10 AmeriCorps apprentices in partnership with Public Allies New York and will be selecting a minimum of 10 non-profit sites to receive an apprentice. For more information, click HERE.
NEW in 2013/14 – CNL NYC Organizing Academy
ANHD’s NYC Organizing Academy course is designed for individuals currently working in community organizing, who are interested in supplemental formal training concerning the history and theoretical frameworks of community organizing, its relationship to other forms of community change work, the organized labor movement, electoral politics and social policy as well as information concerning best practices, self-care and career planning.
The course will meet for three hours, from 9am to 12pm, on the second and fourth Friday of each month starting in September and will run through June of the following year for a total of 60 training hours.
In the first semester participants will work to develop a comprehensive framework for social change work. Participants will be exposed to a broad array of community change models and methodologies.. Participants will also spend time devising individual sustainability plans to respond to work and life related pressures and prevent burnout.
The objective of the second semester is to further develop the tools and skills to use in day-to-day life as a community organizer. The sessions will focus heavily on the specific activities and strategies effective change agents employ to get results, as well as techniques to evaluate prior work to ensure better results in the future. The sessions will also help participants gain a clearer understanding of the social, economic and political context(s) in which we work.
Curriculum (subject to change)
Semester One- September 2013 to January 2014
Session 1. Orientation: Welcome to CNL
Session 2. Exploring Community Change Models
Session 3. Exploring Community Change Models Continued
Session 4. Essential Skills for Community Engagement
Session 5. Creating the Capacity to Effect Change (Part I)
Session 6. Creating the Capacity to Effect Change (Part II)
Session 7. Leadership Development & Relationship Building
Session 8. Self-Care for Sustainability
Session 9. Introduction to Campaign Planning and Strategy
Session 10. Campaign Strategy
Semester Two- January 2014 to June 2014
Session 11. Campaign Strategy and Power Analysis
Session 12. Campaign Implementation: Lessons From the Ground
Session 13. Campaign-Implementation: Troubleshooting
Session 14. Partnering for Change: Coalitions, Collaborations and Alliances
Session 15. Campaign Evaluation
Session 16. Policy, Politics and the Law
Session 17. Policy, Politics and the Law- Current Topics
Session 18. Identity & Organizing
Session 19. Identity & Organizing Continued
Session 20. Closing, Evaluation and Course Review
Summer Session- June 2014 to September 2014
Summer Supplemental Session I
Summer Supplemental Session II
Who Should Apply:
- Early-career community organizers currently employed by a local group, and
- Grassroots leaders recommended by a local group
- Comprehensive training to develop the skills and training to become an effective organizer to identify and lead successful change efforts.
- The Cohort structure creates a support system, sounding board and peer mentoring resource for new organizers
- Participants and organizations have access to extensive and growing organizing network
- Sponsoring organization must be committed to organizing.
- Attendance- Participants must make every effort to attend all CNL sessions.
- $2,000 per person for the ten-month training cycle to ANHD & NYIC member groups, and $2,500 to non-ANHD/NYIC member groups.
For greater clarity on the community organizing framework utilized by CNL, please see the organizing operating definition below.
- Local leadership development – Demonstrated by a significant commitment to leadership training as well participation of local residents in campaign decision-making, strategy development and campaign implementation.
- Neighborhood and issue-based organizing – Demonstrated by implementation of campaigns to affect changes in service delivery, regulatory and/or legislative reform, land use decisions, and investment patterns on neighborhood & housing issues.
- An ability to create/demonstrate an active membership base– either individual members, institutional members or both – as appropriate at local or citywide level.
- A willingness and capacity to contribute to citywide policy campaigns consistent with local issues.