October Events at Community Building Institute

| September 5, 2012

Since 1995, Xavier University’s Community Building Institute has worked in many communities throughout Southwest Ohio, Northern Kentucky and Southeast Indiana. The CBI team is a diverse group of professionals with extensive experience in community planning, community organizing, public policy, media relations, government administration, nonprofit administration, geographic information systems, corporate philanthropy, community relations, programming for the disabled and home ownership. Register for the Asset-based Community Development training and the Strength Based community Leadership Series and receive a $50 discount. The total cost for the ABCD Training and the Strengths-Based Series is $250. Register at http://www.xavier.edu/communitybuilding/trainings.cfm


Thursday, 4 October 9:00am-12:00pm

Youth Core Engagement Forum

Cintas Center, Xavier University

Cost: $65

Neighborhoods are dynamic and exciting places. Keeping our communities moving in the right direction requires everyone’s input, including youth. CBI’s first youth engagement forum will talk about the role young people want to play in community life and what it takes to engage high school and college students. This will recognize the assets of our youth and share examples of youth leadership that have led to change, both locally and nationally. Young people from Cincinnati will be joined by John F. Barros, executive director of the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI) in Boston, Massachusetts. He will share his experience starting as a youth organizer for DSNI and his current role as executive director.


Friday, 19 October 9:00am-1:30pm

Asset-based Community Development (ABCD) Training

Cintas Center, Xavier University

Cost: $100 (lunch is included)

The Community Building Institute was founded on Asset-based Community Development. Discuss those principles and how this approach continues to build the capacity of neighborhoods with executive director Elizabeth Blume. For more than twenty years, Liz has led community planning processes and in doing so, she continues to encourage residents to lead with their strengths and take on new leadership roles.


Thursday, October 25 and Tuesday, October 30 9:00am-3:00pm both days

Strengths-Based Community Leadership

Cost: $200 (lunch is included)

Community leadership is essential to building strong neighborhoods. The Appreciative Inquiry (AI) approach to discovering strengths looks at the potential inherent in each of us to create new solutions to problems. It was used during the CoreChange Summit in the spring of 2012. Joan Hoxsey will continue that work by sharing the principles and practices of AI during this two-day series. She has worked internationally for over 20 years helping businesses recognize the human assets in their organization to create a better working environment and increase productivity.


CBI is a partnership between Xavier University and United Way of Greater Cincinnati.