NeighborWorks bringing nationally recognized training programs to Detroit

September 4th, 2015
Community and neighborhood leaders encouraged to participate in courses designed to help build a stronger Detroit

NeighborWorks America is bringing its highly regarded training programs to Detroit to help expand the capacity of local nonprofit organizations that are working to revitalize the city. NeighborWorks is a national, congressionally chartered nonprofit that creates opportunities for people to live in affordable homes, improve their lives and strengthen their communities.

Six community development and leadership courses are being offered as part of a place-based training program that will take place in September and October. This is the first time Detroit will host a NeighborWorks place-based training series specifically designed to meet the needs of Detroit community developers, and it will introduce NeighborWorks’ training capabilities to the city, which will host a NeighborWorks Training Institute in August 2016. The organization’s training and certification offerings represent the very best in professional development for those serving people and communities in any capacity. The national organization holds its training series in areas around the U.S. as a way to generate solutions for the challenges facing communities and their residents today.

“NeighborWorks America is committed to support the people of Detroit and their efforts to revitalize one of America’s iconic cities,” said NeighborWorks America CEO and President Paul Weech. “This training will empower attendees to make individual and collective improvement throughout the city, creating a better place for everyone to live and work.”

Any resident in Michigan can register for the courses. Individuals can sign up for any and all courses by paying only $50; seats are limited. Registration is being managed by Southwest Solutions, which is the NeighborWorks chartered member in Detroit. The courses will be taught at the Focus: HOPE training center.

“As Detroit’s leading developer of affordable housing and communities, Southwest Solutions realizes how critical trained community leaders are to building successful neighborhoods,” said John Van Camp, president and CEO of Southwest Solutions. “We’re excited to be able to help bring our long-time partner, NeighborWorks America, to Detroit and Hope Village. The graduates of this NeighborWorks program will gain critical skills that will strengthen the revitalization efforts by individuals and organizations across the greater Detroit region.”

The training series will bring national best practices for neighborhood revitalization directly to Detroit neighborhoods, said Focus: HOPE’s Deborah Fisher, director of The HOPE Village Initiative. “This is a tremendous opportunity for Detroiters and neighborhood residents to learn how they can make an even stronger impact on their immediate neighborhoods and communities. Participants will receive valuable technical assistance and education, and each class is crafted around the needs of Detroiters.”

The courses are either two or three days and will meet from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1400 Oakman Boulevard on select dates in September and October. Free parking is available across the street from the class location. The complete list of courses includes:

  • The Essential Tools of Successful Neighborhood Revitalization (Sept. 24-25)
  • Community Engagement Leadership, Supervision and Management (Sept. 24-25)
  • Introduction to Homeownership Counseling (Oct. 5-7)
  • Strategies to Meaningfully Engage Stakeholders in Revitalization Planning (Oct. 6-7)
  • Board Oversight and Governance (Oct. 6-7)
  • Community Economic Development Principles, Practices and Strategies (Oct. 22-23)

For more information, visit To register send a completed form, along with a check for $50 payable to Southwest Solutions to Jenn Reese, Sr. Director, Business Operations, Southwest Solutions, 1920 25th St., Detroit, MI 48216.

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