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Neighbor Up University: Ignite Your Power!

Neighbor Up University is a place where everyday people share their skills and knowledge to create an extraordinary world right where we live.

Neighbor Up University offers a variety of workshops, mutual support circles and skill sharing opportunities. The gatherings are places where everyday people can share their gifts while also building their personal capacity, group or organization understanding, and community power to effect positive social change.

Neighbor Up University currently offers the following ways for individuals, grassroots groups, organizations, and communities to learn and practice together (check our Events page for specifics on upcoming gatherings):

Trainings and Workshops

Skill Share Gatherings: What can you teach? What do you want to learn? Do you have a passion? A hidden skill? Everyone has a skill, gift or talent to share. Neighbor Up invites you to host a gathering to share your skills. Contact Tom at tobrien@neighborhoodgrants.org to organize a session.

Make a Mark Series: The “Make a Mark” series brings nationally and internationally recognized thought leaders on community building/organizing speakers to Cleveland to offer workshops on their approach to building stronger neighborhoods and more just and equitable communities. In 2015, Neighbor Up University hosted Dr. Mindy Fullilove, MD, author of Urban Alchemy: Restoring Joy in America’s Sorted-Out Cities and professor of psychiatry at Columbia University; Mark Lakeman, founder of City Repair Portland; Sarale Shadmi Wortman, head of the Community Building Department at the Shemot Center for Community Leadership Development at Oranim University in Israel; and Bill Traynor, co-founder of Trusted Space Partners and former executive director of Lawrence Community Works.

Fundraising Workshops: Neighbor Up University offers a variety of opportunities to learn more about applying for grants, crowd funding, and other ways of raising funds and tapping into neighborhood assets to support a grassroots initiative. For more information, contact Cynthia at clewis@neighborhoodgrants.org.

Mutual Support Learning Exchanges

Community of Practice: Community of Practice is a regular gathering for those interested in learning more about community network building — the philosophy behind the Neighbor Up network. You are welcome to come regularly or to attend when you can make time.

City Repair Cleveland: City Repair Cleveland hosts regular gatherings that bring residents and other community members together to learn more about creating meaningful places in our neighborhoods. This regular gathering provides opportunities to learn about the “nuts and bolts” of democratized placemaking – the reclaiming of public space by residents that beautifies neighborhoods, strengthens community bonds, and inspires shared stewardship among people where they live. City Repair Cleveland is also a great place to connect with others for mutual support on your placemaking work and connection to resources.


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