From October 17th – 20th, seven leaders from the Northside and Northline communities went to Chicago to attend the Community Leadership Institute (CLI), a training program offered by NeighborWorks America. The purpose of the CLI is to help community members develop their leadership skills, learn from other communities across the country, and develop a team project to work on back home. Our leaders took workshops on topics including public speaking, working with the media, youth leadership, and how to implement successful projects in their neighborhoods.
This amazing group of leaders represents the diversity and power in the Greater Northside in many ways. Our 2019 CLI team included youth, mothers, leaders who represent their schools, and advocates for art and culture, parks, safety, worker’s rights, and housing. The variety of interests and passions within our group gave us much to discuss and share.
We spent 3 wonderful days exchanging experiences, learning from each other, and building trust and friendship. This time connecting and learning allowed individual development for the leaders, but also provided us the tools to find a shared interest and project as a team.
The CLI team came up with a project focused on advocacy around flooding, given the fact that Hurricane Harvey and, most recently, Tropical Storm Imelda, affected both neighborhoods, and the inevitability of future storms and flooding in Houston. The purpose of this project is to create a strong disaster preparedness strategy for the Greater Northside, and to engage in education and advocacy around flood prevention, mitigation, and recovery.
Now that we have returned to Houston, we are ready to roll up our sleeves and engage with the community! If you are interested in this project and want to learn more or be involved, please contact us!