Community Building Institute Offers "Building Connections & Identifying Strengths, a 2013 Civic Engagement Series"

April 23, 2013

CBI’s 2013 Civic Engagement series consists of three separate but related sessions that include best practices and tools that will help communities bring people together to collectively accomplish great things. Information is at 513-745-3348. The cost for each workshop is $25 or register for all three sessions for $60.

May 24 from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. in Xavier’s Schiff Conference Center
“Celebrate, Grow, Connect: using neighborhood celebrations to build connections and market your neighborhood!”
The Northside Rock ‘n’ Roll Carnival is a great example of grassroots community engagement. Chris Schadler, senior associate with CBI and one of the founding members of the Northside Carnival will facilitate an interactive workshop on how to plan a community event that engages residents of all ages and mobilizes community assets, including support from local businesses.

June 7 from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. in Xavier’s Schiff Conference Center
“Engaging New Voices in Your Community to Build Knowledge, Partnerships, and Trust!”
We all want to live in vibrant communities, but for a neighborhood to be a welcoming place where people want to live we have to identify the strengths and opportunities that currently exist within its borders. CBI Director Liz Blume will lead a facilitated discussion on engaging new partners and opening the door for new community leadership. CBI has been working with youth this year and encourages communities to get young people into the act, connect with new neighbors, or invite your local business owners to the table.

June 21 from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at Xavier’s Schiff Conference Center
“Community Engagement 101!”
What is community engagement and how do we open the door to creative activity in our neighborhoods? Liz Blume and Chris Schadler lead an interactive workshop to help you jump start your community engagement efforts by unlocking the power of neighborhood associations and community organizing. While city neighborhoods have been at this for a while, organizing and engagement is new to many suburban jurisdictions, come hear how to get started.

The 2013 Engagement Series is sponsored by PNC. The Community Building Institute is a partnership of Xavier University and United Way of Greater Cincinnati.