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  • Pasadena Neighborhood Leadership Institute

    Are you involved in your neighborhood or community but need new tools and skills to become more effective?
    Are you interested in becoming involved but don't know where to start?

    • Develop your leadership and communication skills.
    • Learn to work effectively in a group to effect positive change.
    • Know which city officials and assistance agencies to contact for help.
    • Gain the tools to influence decision-makers and make a difference.

    Pasadena Neighbor Leadership Institute(PNLI) is a free eight-week, interactive training program designed to empower emerging, locally based leaders.

    Initiated by Mayor Bill Bogaard to strengthen the Pasadena community, the program was created in partnership with the Flintridge Foundation and the Pasadena Foundation and is administered by the City of Pasadena's Neighborhood Connections office.

    -  To continue the development of leaders from the city’s diverse neighborhoods who are committed to effective action on local issues.
    -  To increase the participants' capacity to improve the quality of life in their neighborhoods and the city through team-oriented problem solving.
    -  To link participants with community resources, local institutions, government and social service agencies so that successful, creative solutions can be implemented.
    -  To link participants to representatives from other neighborhoods so that information sharing and support systems are developed between neighborhood groups.

    The workshops are primarily interactive and experiential and are designed to develop both personal and interpersonal skills. The training may include informational interviews, field assignments, group exercises and short presentations. Participants will learn specific skills such as project planning and implementation, public speaking, how to run effective meetings, cross-cultural relations, and recruiting volunteers. A final team project will allow participants to practice what they have learned and make a positive contribution to the city and its neighborhoods.

    The Institute consists of eight workshops, graduation preparation meeting, and a graduation celebration. Workshops are conducted every Tuesday from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm beginning February 4, 2014 and concluding with a graduation ceremony April 22, 2014. A detailed workshop schedule will be provided upon selection. Dinner will be provided at all sessions.
    Attendance is extremely important for the success of the program and is mandatory, not optional.

    The sessions will be scheduled at various locations throughout Pasadena to highlight and emphasize the subject matter for that week’s discussion.

    Twenty participants, including youth in their senior year of high school, who are committed to improving the quality of their neighborhoods will be selected. Consideration will be given to those applicants who participate in community service and civic activities, demonstrate a commitment to action on local issues, and are interested in developing teamwork and collaborative skills to empower themselves and their neighbors.

    Application must be submitted by:
    Wednesday, December 31, 2013

    Link to Download the Application

    Neighborhood Connections
    1020 North Fair Oaks Avenue
    Pasadena, CA 91103
    Phone (626) 744-7311 (Citizen Service Center)
    Fax (626) 577-2060

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