The Mediation Center has been busy preparing for the next cycle of the Leadership Training Institute which will start in January 2010 and is seeking participants.  The Leadership Training Institute is a program aimed at bringing together community members who are dedicated to working to improve Crown Heights to both strengthen their leadership skills and build relationships with others in the community.

Through the Institute, participants will meet with trainers who are experts in their fields on a variety of topics to learn from each other, and develop and ultimately implement their skills.  These topics include networking, community organizing, grant writing and fundraising, coalition building, working with the media, and event planning.  Participants will be able to put their newly acquired skills to use by organizing a community project as a final project of the Institute.  Past groups have organized a local photography contest as well as organized a resource and entertainment fair to complement the Annual Family Day Picnic in Crown Heights. At the end of the program, participants will come away with concrete skills as well as relationships with others in the community who are dedicated to improving Crown Heights.

Applications are available in the sidebar on the right-hand side of this page under “Mediation Center Events,” and can also be picked up by stopping by the Mediation Center.  Applications are due at the end of December.