How do you lead a neighborhood? UMKC Center for Neighborhoods has the answer and a free dinner

By John Sharp

The UMKC Center for Neighborhoods is now taking applications for its next free 12-week neighborhood leadership training program which will run from August 27 to November 19.

Training sessions are held every Tuesday starting with a free dinner at 5 p.m. followed by classwork beginning around 5:30 and ending at 8 on campus in Katz Hall at 5005 Rockhill Rd.  Three Saturday workshops usually running from 10 a.m. to noon are part of the program and include hands-on lessons in a computer lab and a visit to a nearby neighborhood to identify neighborhood assets.

The program which has been highly recommended by neighborhood leaders and activists who have participated in past sessions focuses on four areas considered important for promoting neighborhood vitality – communications & technology, health & safety, leadership & governance and planning & development.

The Center prefers to have two people attend from any participating neighborhood organization or homes association unless someone from the group has already gone through the training.  Preference will be given to applicants from groups that have not had anyone attend a previous training session.

Midnight July 3 is the deadline for applying for the upcoming session.  Persons may apply online at or contact LaMonica Upton at or 816-235-6933 for assistance.

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