The Neighborhood Summit is an annual conference hosted by the City to help residents and representatives of community organizations be better aware of what’s happening in the community, how to get involved, learn new organizing skills and grow networks to help make lasting change. The Summit’s goal is for stronger neighborhoods and a stronger city.
OurCity Academy is designed to help immigrants and residents new to our city understand city government and the democratic process. Participants will learn how the city operates, its budget, and ways to become involved. Resources include key municipal, education, and community services information that every resident should know. The format includes a speaker series, visits to City Hall and other cultural institutions, resource information, and interactive events. All are welcome. Participants can sign up for OurCity Academy here.
- Neighborhood Leadership Academy
This new 8 week (3 hours per week) seminar-style learning opportunity is for Grand Rapids resident-based organizations with the current focus on neighborhood associations, to learn about and increase core organizational capacity around racial equity, resident empowerment, working board governance, facilitative leadership, conflict management, collaborations, communications, fund development and succession planning. Each participating organization must have 3 representatives at each of the 8 sessions. Space is limited and participation is currently by invite-only.
More than 250 citizens serve on nearly 40 City boards and commissions. They offer citizen input, review City programs, make recommendations to the City Commission, and are a great way for interested citizens to be closely involved with the community.
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