The Mediation Center has been busy preparing for the next cycle of the Leadership Training Institute which will start in January 2011 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, a resource and entertainment fair to complement the Annual Family Day Picnic in Crown Heights, a healthy foods expo and published a guide for access to healthy food in Crown Heights.

This year, LTI will have two cohorts: One will build on momentum from last year’s group by continuing to work on healthy food access and the other will work on an anti-gun violence project related to the work of our program, Save Our Streets 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 for download HERE, in the sidebar on the left-hand side of this page, and can also be picked up by stopping by the Mediation Center. Applications are due by January 3rd, 2011.