Leadership Training Class

Neighborhood Coordinator

Debbie Sharp
(865) 215-3232

400 Main St., Room 546
Knoxville, TN 37902

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Building Strong Neighborhood Organization" is an 11 week series of workshops.  This is a leadership training program created specifically for participants in and leaders of resident-led, resident-controlled 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. 

Because of the time commitment, we are looking to offer the series of workshops on several weekends to see if that works better for neighbors.  We are looking to try a class in the Spring of 2020.  Feel free to call Debbie Sharp at 215-4382 to get on the list now if you are interested.

This course is free and snacks are provided. 

Every participant in these workshops will receive tips and encouragement for developing a neighborhood improvement project.  Every neighborhood with active participants in the workshop series and who graduate will be eligible to apply for up to $500 in funding with our Neighborhood Micro Grants Program. 

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.
If you have any questions please email Debbie Sharp at dsharp@knoxvilletn.gov.