This past weekend The Neighborhood Developers was able to send six residents to the NeighborWorks America Community Leadership Institute conference in Houston Texas. CLI is a “three day training event that aims to strengthen the voices and skills of the community, resident and volunteer leaders.” Participants from all over the USA attended this training, where at the end of the training participants are eligible for a $4,000 grant for an action plan created by the resident leaders.
Left to Right: Yenis Joya, Resident Service Coordinator Monica Elias, Resident Service Manager Gabriel Fonseca, Elizabeth Ramos (Middle), Pamela Ross (Front), Loira Moore (Back), Marcus Queen (Back) Mina Jlil (Front) and Vice President of Resident Services Monica Dean.
Mina Jlil speaking in front of a session at CLI
TND’s team was composed by TND residents housed in our properties and community residents from both cities of Chelsea and Revere. This team was led in efforts with TND Resident Services department.
For many of our residents this was the first time traveling outside MA. During the trainings our residents engaged with residents from all over the country where they found inspirations in each other. A big take away for our residents was that there are many communities in the USA fighting for affordability in their communities and trying to strengthen community engagement, not much difference in comparison to our communities. TND is excited to see what community action plan grows from this year’s CLI team.
“Con amor y respeto we stand in solidarity with you”
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