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  • Pasadena Neighborhood Leadership Institute

    Are you involved in your neighborhood or community but need new tools and skills to become more effective?
    Are you interested in becoming involved but don't know where to start?

    • Develop your leadership and communication skills.
    • Learn to work effectively in a group to effect positive change.
    • Know which city officials and assistance agencies to contact for help.
    • Gain the tools to influence decision-makers and make a difference.

    Pasadena Neighborhood Leadership Institute (PNLI) is a free 10-week, interactive training program designed to empower emerging, locally based leaders.

    The PNLI, initiated by Bill Bogaard to strengthen the Pasadena community, was created in partnership with the Flintridge Foundation (now Flintridge Center) and is administered by the City of Pasadena’s Neighborhood Connections office.

    • To continue the development of leaders from the city's diverse neighborhoods who
       are committed to effective action on local issues.
    • To increase participants’ capacity to improve the quality of life in their
       neighborhoods and the city through team-oriented problem solving.
    • To connect participants to community resources, local institutions, government and
       social service agencies so that successful, creative solutions can be identified.
    • To link participants to representatives from other neighborhoods so that information
       sharing and support systems are developed between neighborhood groups.

    Pasadena Neighborhood Leadership Institute consists of experiential workshops designed to develop both personal and interpersonal skills. The training may include informational interviews, field assignments, group exercises and short presentations. Participants will learn specific skills such as project planning and implementation, public speaking, how to run effective meetings, cross-cultural relations, and recruiting volunteers. A final team project will allow participants to practice what they have learned and make a positive contribution to the city and its neighborhoods.

    The Institute consists of 10 interactive educational workshops. One of the workshops will focus on the selection and development of a class team project. This project should be implemented within a year following the end of the course. Workshops are conducted on Tuesdays, September 13, 20, 27, October 4, 11, 18, 25, November 1, 15 and 22 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The Institute’s graduation will be held on November 29. A detailed workshop schedule will be provided upon selection. Dinner will be provided at all sessions.

    Attendance is extremely important for the success of the program and is mandatory, not optional.

    The sessions will be scheduled at various locations throughout Pasadena to highlight and emphasize the subject matter for that week’s discussion.

    Twenty participants, including youth in their senior year of high school, who are committed to improving their neighborhoods, will be selected. Priority will be given to those applicants who participate in community service and civic activities, demonstrate a commitment to action on local issues, and are interested in developing teamwork and collaborative skills to empower themselves and their neighbors. Participants must live, work or study within the Pasadena Unified School District boundaries.

    Application must be submitted by:
    Thursday, August 25, 2016

    Link to Download the Application

    If you are interested in next year's Institute, please send an email to nconnect@cityofpasadena.org or call (626) 744-7363 to be placed on our contact list.

    Neighborhood Connections
    1020 North Fair Oaks Avenue
    Pasadena, CA 91103
    Phone (626) 744-7363 


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