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NEIGHBOR UP BLOG

What is Neighbor Up?

Neighborhood Connections launched the Neighbor Up network in 2012 to: bring people together across lines of difference; create a web of collaboration and exchange; and encourage residents from different neighborhoods, as well as institutional leaders, to work together to respond innovatively to the challenges that plague our communities. There are now 2,000+ card-carrying members with many more active in the network. How does it work? When Neighbor Up members gather, we use small activities.
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What is a Neighbor Up Practice?

A practice is something that then when done again and again becomes a habit. Habits make up a culture. Neighbor Up is about nurturing a new, aspirational culture of civic action in Cleveland. Here are some practices routinely used by Neighbor Up members. Click on the photo for more information about each practice. [gallery columns="1" ids="87433,87567,87571,87576"].
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Business of the Network

Business of the Network is a way to have a focused 20-minute conversation on topics that are current and relevant to the group or network. Anyone can host a conversation to hear different perspectives, experiences and to receive support with an issue or opportunity they are facing. Examples include: How can I help my mother transition smoothly into an assisted living facility? My neighborhood has had a series.
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The Marketplace

The Marketplace is a high energy, 20 to 30 minute exercise that can be used to help people identify and exchange gifts, favors, and advice. This exercise is optimal for groups of 10 to 50, and it’s FUN! The Marketplace brings to life our interconnectedness by acknowledging that we all have gifts and we all have value. When a diverse group of people gather to engage in.
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Mapping Exercise

Mapping is a 20 to 60 minute exercise that is especially useful to do with new groups. It can help to build common ground, the basis for strong relationships. This exercise is optimal for groups of 3 to 10 people. Why do it?  Everyone has a story to tell and the telling of these stories often reveals miracles of caring, old ways lost, values held, sickness, healing,.
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Check-In

“Check-In” and “Check Out” are methods for opening and closing a meeting or group gathering. A check-in is a question asked of everyone in the group before the start of a meeting/gathering and a check-out is another question asked at the meeting's close. Depending on how many people are in the room you may want everyone to answer. You can also set a 5 to 10.
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The Check-in

The check-in is simply a moment at the beginning of a gathering or conversation for individuals to share brief nuggets about what is going well or what is new. By sharing positive stories and experiences at the beginning of a conversation, it brings appreciation, opportunity and a sense of well being into the environment. This prepares everyone for cooperation and teamwork. How does it work? The Check-in can be a.
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Apply to Be a Grant Making Committee Member

Neighborhood Connections invites you to apply to become a member of the Grant Making Committee. The role of the Neighborhood Connections Grant Making Committee member is to thoroughly read, review, interview, and make funding decisions with the Grant Making Committee. Committee members meet eight evenings in the fall and seven evenings in the spring to review grant proposals from grant applicants. Committee members work with a.
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Groups of Neighbors Receive More Than $270,000 in Grants

Neighborhood Connections offers grants of $500 to $5,000 twice a year in November and May to groups of residents in Cleveland and East Cleveland who organize projects to improve the quality of life in their neighborhood. This month the grant-making committee approved $270,078 in grants to support 90 resident-led projects in Cleveland and East Cleveland. Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, Cuyahoga County’s local public funder for arts and.
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Newark Court Becomes Newark Creek

Neighborhood: Clark-Fulton Project: Newark Court alley   To many neighbors who live close to the Newark Court alleyway, it has been a place of possible danger where people come to dump their garbage illegally. After learning about City Repair Cleveland Style, a few folks met and started talking about how the alley could be an asset for the neighborhood if it were cleaned up, better lit and more.
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Stockyards Mural Painting

Neighborhood: Stockyards Project: Mural painting at West 61st & Frontier Avenue Core Team Members: Diane Morgan, Irene Hitsman, Robin Robinson, Paul Inman     When neighbors and visitors turn down West 61st Street from Clark Avenue, they enter a space that is unlike any other in the Stockyards neighborhood. There are two gardens — Frontier Community Garden and Maggie's Farm — that give the neighborhood a sense of calm, quiet and relaxation. The heart.
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Where Art & Community Intersect

Architect Mark Lakeman stood inside Trinity Cathedral last month and spoke like a preacher — bringing a message of hope and inspiration to a capacity crowd of about 160 Clevelanders who came to hear him speak. “Even though we are surrounded by so many disparaging stories, our hearts are still beating,” Lakeman said as he introduced the citizen-driven movement called City Repair that began in a Portland,.
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