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Community Leadership Institute Applications Now Being Accepted: NRP Scholarships Still Available

The University of St. Thomas Center for Nonprofit Management is once again offering an exciting learning opportunity for community volunteers and neighborhood organization staff. Created in partnership with the NRP and the Metropolitan Alliance for Community Centers (MACC) and presented for the first time in spring 2001, the Community Leadership Institute (CLI) is a certificate program designed specifically for neighborhood people engaged in NRP activities.

Curriculum topics include: reading and understanding financial statements, fundraising, project management and implementation, conflict resolution and more. People participating in the first level of the program will attend Thursday evening classes from September 23 through December 16. Level two of the program, which is open to people who have completed level one, begins September 21 and runs every Tuesday evening through December 14. There will be no classes on November 2 (Level 2) and November 25 (Level 1).

For more information on the CLI, please contact Margie Siegel of the Center for Nonprofit Management at 651-962-4291 or call NRP Training Specialist Robert Thompson at 612-673-5149. Applications will be accepted through September 6, but space is limited so fill out your application today!

Generous financial support for neighborhood volunteers is available. NRP will provide scholarships for up to 15 people for the Fall 2004 semester of the CLI. See scholarship information below or call 612-673-5149.


What is the Community Leadership Institute?
The Community Leadership Institute is a two-semester course at the University of St. Thomas sponsored by NRP and the Metropolitan Alliance of Community Centers (MACC). Each Level is one semester, and is comprised of 12 classes, one night a week. The curriculum is designed to develop and improve your community leadership skills.

When are the classes?
Level 1 of the institute begins Thursday September 23 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. and continues for 12 Thursday night sessions through December 16 (No class on Nov. 25). Level 2 of the institute, which is open to those who have previously completed Level 1, begins Tuesday September 21, 2004 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., and continues for 12 Tuesday night sessions through December 14.

Where will the classes be held?
Classes will be held at the University of St. Thomas Campus in Downtown Minneapolis, located at 1000 LaSalle Avenue.

What will I learn in the Community Leaderhip Institute?
Topics covered in the Community Leadership Institute include the nature of community, ethical challenges of working in community, fundraising, resolving conflict, project management and evaluation, reading and understanding financial statements, and more.

Do I need previous college experience to apply?
No. Any one with any level of education may apply and be accepted. What you do need is a commitment to working with your neighborhood association, and to sharing what you learn with others.

How much does it cost?
Registration for one semester costs $1,250. Registration for both semesters taken consecutively costs $2,400. NRP will provide a scholarship for approved candidates (Call NRP at 612-673-5149 for more information). Materials are provided by instructors, so there will be minimal cost for supplies and materials.

How do I receive a Scholarship from NRP?
The NRP will provide scholarships for up to 15 people for the Fall, 2004 semester of the Community Leadership Institute. To receive the NRP Scholarship, you must meet the membership requirements for a Minneapolis neighborhood organization recognized by the NRP. Because each neighborhood association has different membership requirements, you must have the President of the association or their designee sign your application after they have confirmed your eligibility for membership. NRP will provide a scholarship of 70 percent of tuition if one person from a neighborhood applies and completes the program, or 80 percent if two or more people from one neighborhood apply and complete the program. Call NRP at 612-673-5149 for further information on your neighborhood and eligibility. Or check the Neighborhood Revitalization Program website at: http://www.nrp.org/R2/Neighborhoods/Orgs/Organizations.html.

After you have the neighborhood signature, mail, fax, or bring your application to the NRP for final review. Mail to:

Neighborhood Revitalization Program
105 Fifth Ave S, Suite 425
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Fax: (612) 673-5138

How can I get additional financial support for attending the Community Leadership Institute?
Your neighborhood association may sponsor some or all of your remaining expenses. Tuition expense for the Community Leadership Institute is an eligible expense for your neighborhood's NRP admin funds. Call your neighborhood specialist at NRP for further information on what is required. Your neighborhood may also use neighborhood Citizen Participation funds to cover the costs of the institute. You may also call St. Thomas at 651-962-4291 to see if they have additional grants or scholarship programs to assist you.

LINKS TO INFORMATION

Download the CLI Application

Download the Brochure

Download a CLI Fact Sheet

Approved Minneapolis Neighborhood Organizations

For More Background

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