Current Projects

The Community Building Institute wants to know what types of community development trainings you’re looking for to achieve success in neighborhoods. Please complete our short survey and help design a training that meets the needs of community stakeholders such as yourself. 

Youth Gap Analysis

CBI led the Youth Gap Analysis at the request of City Council’s Human Services, Youth and Arts Committee. Among the findings: youth are incredibly optimistic about their future, and where youth live matters in terms of their outcomes.


OTR Housing Study

CBI recently completed an inventory of the number and affordability of residential units in the Over-the-Rhine/Pendleton neighborhoods, done on behalf of the Over-the-Rhine Community Council. Affordable housing is defined as housing with a rent or mortgage cost that takes no more than 30% of a household’s income. The inventory uses a consistent methodology and draws from a variety of data sources to determine how much housing is reasonably available and affordable to households in different income categories. Underlying the analysis are questions of who can afford to live in Over-the-Rhine, and how a diverse community that provides housing to everyone can be maintained. 


What does a place-based employment strategy around targeted employment sectors look like, and how can a community build on its unique assets to help residents get a job, build skills, and move up the career ladder? CBI partnered with PCW to answer this question with organizational partners, residents, training partners, training recipients, and business leaders in eight greater Cincinnati communities through three targeted focus groups in each community. The report will include overall findings and strategies for Avondale, Bond Hill and Roselawn, Clermont County, Covington, Madisonville, Newport, Price Hill, and Walnut Hills.


King Studios Experiential learning Center
Reviving the Legacy of King Records in Evanston

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Read more about what we are currently doing.  Click here for the King Studios website. 



Youth Engagement - Aiken in Africa!

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The Youth Leadership and Engagement Academy was supported this year by CBI, PNC, and The Eigel Center for Community Engaged Learning.  With the help of the Cincinnati Human Relations Commission, we connected with nearly one-hundred students for three separate sessions on leadership and civic engagement. Volunteers from St. Vincent DePaul, Cincinnati Youth Light House Services, and Public Allies played a tremendous role in making this year's Academy even more impactful.

Motivated by their participation in the Youth Leadership and Engagement Series, Aiken High School students created a Leadership Team made up of sophomores, juniors and seniors. Sandy Horine, a Counselor at Aiken returned from Sierra Leone in February 2014 and told the Leadership Team about a village she visited that needed a School as the closest school is 3 miles away and the preschool and elementary schools are not safe to walk to. Only 41% of the people in Sierra Leone are literate. The Team decided to champion this project and raise $4,400 before Christmas 2014.  They started out with a Change for Change project collecting change from students.  They also did an out of uniform day fundraiser.  Next year they are going to sell "shares" to students, so students can share in the ownership and building of the school.  The $4,400 is for supplies to build the school which will be built by the village.  It will be given through a foundation that is helping schools in Sierra Leone. This school will allow students to go through the 6th grade and then graduate and go to the secondary school 3 miles away.  Because education is the key out of poverty - the Leadership Team has selected this project to make a change - to make a difference. Aiken students are hoping to continue the partnership after the school is built - by helping with supplies and maybe even becoming pen-pals with some of the students.  They would also love to visit someday after the school is completed.


The Neighborhood Asset-mapping Tool (NAT)

The Neighborhood Asset-mapping tool is an online resource to connect residents to one another and encourage civic engagement.  Residents are using NAT to create a profile of their neighborhood that focuses solely on community strengths, to share those resources with the broader community,  and learn more about the great things happening in surrounding neighborhoods. There's over 300 entries in this data-base, but some neighborhoods still aren't represented.  NAT is growing and we hope you'll use this resource to connect with your neighbors and learn more about assets in other communities. Click here to access NATor go to  You can also add this link to your home page.


Creative Culture and Quality Of Life

It would benefit urban neighborhoods if there were a better understanding of the real impact of the "gritty arts" on a community's vitality, identity, health and overall quality of life. In Cincinnati the music scene plays an important role in providing a higher quality of life within its urban neighborhoods. It does so by developing a unique sense of place, offering cultural amenities, creating a foundation for economic development and oddly enough providing the unique service of public safety.