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Welcome and Orientation Session
Session 1: NLC Retreat
Friday and Saturday
Session 2 : Personal Goal Setting and Time Management

Session 3: Conflict Resolution
Session 4: Discovering Community Assets and Neighborhood Link
Session 5: Cleveland and its Neighborhoods: A Look Back
Session 6: Neighborhood Tour
Session 7: Neighborhoods and Public Policy: A Look Forward
Urban Sprawl and Can-Do Database
Session 8: Community Organizing
Session 9: Neighborhoods and Public Policy: A Look Forward
Welfare Reform and Labor Force Development
Session 10: Course Summary and Preparation for Group Presentations
Session 11: Group Project Presentations
Session 12: Greater Cleveland Neighborhood Forum
Course Summary and Evaluation


WELCOME AND ORIENTATION SESSION

Description: The objectives of this opening session are to:
· familiarize participants with each other
· recognize the assets and diversity of the participants
· identify the similar experiences of the participants concerning their personal or family life and their neighborhood.

Process/Activities: Participants are welcomed by CSU officials and our program partner, Neighborhood Centers Association. Their remarks address the purpose and guiding principles of the Neighborhood Leadership Cleveland. NLC program staff will provide an orientation of the training program and expectations. There will be a reception to meet other NLC participants.

SESSION 1: NLC RETREAT
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY

Description: The retreat offers the opportunity to create a new and ongoing community of leadership by building relationships among participants.

Process/Activities: A series of exercises to assist members of the "class" in getting to know each other, to become aware of what they share in common, to learn from each other and explore their diversity. Participants learn how groups work and identify the values that are important to them and underlie their leadership experiences. Participants will also define community issues and participate in exercises that explore how decisions are made and methods to increase participation and inclusiveness. Social time will be an integral part of the retreat.

SESSION 2: PERSONAL GOAL SETTING & TIME MANAGEMENTDescription: The objective of this session is for each participant to learn personal goal setting skills and to apply those skills by doing a personal action plan, including a timeline and the identification of opportunities and barriers to achieving personal goals. Personal plans will not be disclosed with fellow participants to ensure and respect one's privacy. A key to realizing goals is being able to manage one's time. This session will give practical time management skills to participants.

Process/Activities: Instructor presentation, individual application and group discussion. Individual exercises will help participants set priorities and learn how to balance the many demands on a person's time and energy.

SESSION 3: CONFLICT RESOLUTION
Description: This session allows participants to learn strategies for effective dealing with interpersonal differences. Conflict can be a negative force if not handled well, but it can also be an opportunity to learn more about yourself and others, and to improve communication. Special attention will be given to inviting a diversity of opinion and ways to keep a diverse range of people involved in a group.

Process/Activities: Group exercises; personal reflection time and role-plays will be used to put into practice conflict resolution concepts and strategies. The role of communication and negotiation skills will be explored to help people focus on interests, not positions. Participants will have a chance to discuss what they have found to be effective ways to manage conflict. Finally, the class will divide into the project groups and use conflict resolution strategies to identify each person's interests and needs related to completing the group project.

SESSION 4: DISCOVERING COMMUNITY ASSETS & NEIGHBORHOOD LINK
Description: Participants will present their experiences and views of community, defining the relationships upon which community is built and sustained. The session will also explore what is community in practice, what are the different roles that make a community, and ways that work to keep people involved. This session introduces participants to a new way of thinking about neighborhoods. It provides a framework for understanding a neighborhood as a collection of assets and the tools for community building based on identifying neighborhood assets (individuals, associations, organizations and institutions) and key stakeholders.

Process/Activities: The process will draw on the group's knowledge, more than that of the facilitators. Instructor presentation, hands-on exercise, discussion and video will be used.

SESSION 5: CLEVELAND AND ITS NEIGHBORHOODS: A LOOK BACKDescription:
This session provides a historical overview of the ethnic and racial migration patterns of Cleveland and its impact on neighborhood development with an emphasis on ethnic experiences. The history of the settlement house movement and the beginnings and evolution of Neighborhood Centers Association (NCA) and community responses to neighborhood change are also presented.

Process/Activities: Instructor presentation, question and answers and video presentation.

SESSION 6: NEIGHBORHOOD TOUR
Description: The neighborhood tour is designed as a hands-on opportunity for participants to work together as a team to research and plan a tour of their respective neighborhood highlighting the history, strengths and concerns of the community.

Process/Activities: Participants will address the following questions during the tour of their neighborhood:
1. What is unique about your neighborhood?
What are your neighborhood's assets?
What makes it a neighborhood?
2. What are the challenges to your neighborhood?
What are concerns about your neighborhood?
What is the future of your neighborhood?

Ample opportunity will be provided for other participants to provide information on, or comment about, a connection they might have to the neighborhood.

SESSION 7: NEIGHBORHOODS AND PUBLIC POLICY: A LOOK FORWARD
URBAN SPRAWL & CAN-DO DATABASE
Description: This session focuses on urban sprawl, another "outside force" that impacts Cleveland and its neighborhoods. Historic and recent population trends are presented with an examination of how public policies influence where urban and suburban growth or decline occurs. The impact of these policies and trends on Cleveland neighborhoods will be a special focus of the discussion.

Process/Activities: Instructor presentation, case studies and group discussion.

SESSION 8: COMMUNITY ORGANIZING
Description: This session introduces participants to the key principles of community organizing, history of community organizing in Cleveland, and present community organizing activities and strategies. Discussion will focus on participants' present community organizing activities. Jacquie Gillon will moderate a presentation by NLC graduates involved in community organizing today.

Process/Activities: Presentation, group discussion and case studies.

SESSION 9: NEIGHBORHOODS AND PUBLIC POLICY: A LOOK FORWARD
WELFARE REFORM AND LABOR FORCE DEVELOPMENT
Description: This session focuses on the "outside forces" (push/pull dynamics) that impact Cleveland and its neighborhoods, in particular welfare reform and regional economic issues. Data on poverty and unemployment rates are presented, including an analysis of the information and a discussion of trends affecting workers and families in Cleveland. Participants will also have the opportunity to prepare for their upcoming group project presentations.

Process/Activities: Instructor presentation, data analysis, and group discussion

SESSION 10: COURSE SUMMARY AND PREPARATION
FOR GROUP PRESENTATIONS
Description: This session gives the NLC staff an opportunity to provide an overview of the course and discuss with participants their questions and learning. The NLC team will also provide useful tips on strengthening the group presentations. The session will provide each group a block of time to complete their preparation for their presentation to the class. NLC staff will be available to work with each group and offer suggestions for strengthening the presentation.

Process/Activities: Instructor presentation, discussion and group planning session.

SESSION 11: GROUP PROJECT PRESENTATIONS
Description: The purpose of this exercise is to familiarize participants with group process(s), strengthen public speaking skills, and improve one's ability to summarize and present new information. The project groups will be given the opportunity to teach other class members what they have learned about a critical issue facing Cleveland neighborhoods.

Process/Activities: The session will involve dynamic presentations by each project group, and may involve audio-visuals, exercises, lectures, and discussion. Each group will determine how best to report to the entire class about what they learned from their interviews and research.

SESSION 12: GREATER CLEVELAND NEIGHBORHOOD FORUM
COURSE SUMMARY AND EVALUATION
Description: This session is designed as a capstone to the training. An elected official will discuss the relationship of neighborhood development to the political process, and effective methods to influence Cleveland government. A formal evaluation of the NLC program is conducted which allows participants to provide feedback on the NLC program.

Process/Activities: Discussion and presentation
Written survey and focus groups