Building and Strengthening Neighborhoods and People

Neighborhood Institute Workshop Preview: “Baltimore by the Numbers” by Seema Iyer

“Baltimore by the Numbers” led by Seema Iyer is always one of the most popular offerings at the Neighborhood Institute – if you are looking for more data to help plan for your community, this workshop is for you! You can register for the 2015 Neighborhood Institute here.

Demographics can tell us a lot about neighborhoods. They can help neighborhood leaders formulate plans to better improve quality of life and market their community to new residents. However, with so many potential data points to look at, how can leaders best plan and analyze the health of their neighborhood?

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BNIA's Seem Iyer (Photo courtesy of BNIA)

BNIA’s Seem Iyer(Photo courtesy of BNIA)

Vital Signs is a project of the Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance (BNIA) that continuously monitors quality of life for Baltimore’s neighborhoods. Because of BNIA, when indicators are moving in a negative direction, communities have the chance to take immediate, hopefully preventative, measures to turn the trend around. All of the indicators from previous Vital Signs are online for everyone to see and download for use in a variety of innovative ways. Community Profiles are also available through BNIA for each of the City’s 55 Communities that provide quick access to data specific to each neighborhood’s needs. In this workshop, Seema Iyer of the Jacob France Institute at the University of Baltimore will walk participants through how to access their community profile, understand trends in their neighborhood and how to incorporate data into planning for the future.

GHCC’s annual Neighborhood Institute will be held on Saturday, April 18th, 2015 at the Baltimore Design School (1500 Barclay Street). To register for the event, follow this link. This year, the Institute will feature 36 workshops on a variety of topics relevant to community issues and City-wide opportunities. Check back here regularly for a preview of some of the workshops and presenters you can expect to see at this year’s Institute.


Neighborhood Institute Workshop Preview: “Community Organizing for Change” by Kristerfer Burnett

If you and your neighbors are looking for ways to tackle tough community issues, this workshop will better equip you to implement a powerful collective action campaign. To attend this workshop, and others, register for the 2015 Neighborhood Institute here.

A unified community voice results in sustainable and meaningful change. When residents gather to take on a common issue, they can use their collective power to improve their neighborhood. All across Baltimore City, neighbors are working to improve the services, physical aesthetic, and resident opportunities in their community. The most successful neighborhoods use community organizing techniques to gather, collaborate, and advocate for neighborhood revitalization.

Kris Burnett (photo courtesy of the Baltimore Social Innovation Journal)

Kris Burnett (photo courtesy of the Baltimore Social Innovation Journal)

In Edmondson Village, Kris Burnett has used a range of organizing strategies to unite residents and improve a local historic shopping center. With the formation of Neighbors Without Borders of Greater Southwest Baltimore (NWBGSB), Kris and other residents have been able to transcend traditional neighborhood boundaries to unite around a common cause. In his workshop “Community Organizing for Change,” Kris will share the ongoing story of his Edmondson Village campaign. This case study will highlight tips and tricks for other communities to use including social media campaigns, direct action, community meetings, and more.

GHCC’s annual Neighborhood Institute will be held on Saturday, April 18th, 2015 at the Baltimore Design School (1500 Barclay Street). To register for the event, follow this link. This year, the Institute will feature 36 workshops on a variety of topics relevant to community issues and City-wide opportunities. Check back here regularly for a preview of some of the workshops and presenters you can expect to see at this year’s Institute.


Neighborhood Institute Workshop Preview: “It Starts with Story” by Peter Davis Branding

If you are looking to expand the reach and tighten the message of your organization, this workshop will be critical for expanding your branding toolkit. To attend this workshop, and others, register for the 2015 Neighborhood Institute here.

Baltimore is full of nonprofits and community members contributing greatly to improving our City. From arts to gardens to youth engagement and more, individuals and organizations are making Baltimore a better place to live. While these organizations have great programs, many struggle to explain their impact to potential partners and funders. You might have a fantastic project, but if you can’t share your idea eloquently and succinctly, it is difficult to make real impact.

Peter Davis Branding

Consultant Peter Davis has twelve years of experience in leading interactive workshops around brand building and how to create powerful pitches. He assisted leaders of startup, small to medium-sized B2B service companies, non-profit organizations, and institutions of higher learning to tell better stories about what they do, what they want, and why it matters. For the 2015 Neighborhood Institute, Peter will be reprising his extremely popular 2014 workshop, “Crash Course in Branding.” In this year’s presentation, Peter will emphasize the critical prerequisites to effective communication in a competitive and complex marketplace by providing strategies on structuring, elevating, and living your story to attract a natural audience.

GHCC’s annual Neighborhood Institute will be held on Saturday, April 18th, 2015 at the Baltimore Design School (1500 Barclay Street). Register by following this link. This year, the Institute will feature 36 workshops on a variety of topics relevant to community issues and City-wide opportunities. Check back here regularly for a preview of some of the workshops and presenters you can expect to see at this year’s Institute.

 


What matters most to you?

It is often said that the most successful New Year’s resolutions – the ones that really stick – always begin with the question, “Why?” In other words, when you resolve to do the things that matter most to you, you’re less likely to fail.

At GHCC, what matters most to us is that you love where you live. We’ve got some great projects planned for 2013 and we can’t wait for you to take the ride along with us. So, to get you started, we’ve assembled 6 suggested resolutions that will not only help you love where you live, but up your karma in the process.

Be a good role model. Through the guidance of a caring adult, children are more able to build self-esteem, do well in school, and reach their full potential. GHCC’s Barclay Youth Safe Haven provides a safe and supportive environment after the school day ends to children in grades 1 through 5.  Spend a couple hours a week with a young person doing activities you both enjoy – games and sports, reading books, making art, or whatever it is you both enjoy most.

Invest in a better Baltimore. Buying a home in Baltimore is more affordable than you might think. With relatively low housing prices and a number of available incentives, buying a house can be much cheaper than renting, help you build equity, and promote long-term stability in city neighborhoods. Check out our Healthy Neighborhoods program, which provides low-interest loans and incentives for buying and renovating homes on target blocks in north central Baltimore.

Get to know your neighbors. Knowing your neighbors not only helps when you’ve run out of eggs mid-baking – it is a necessary ingredient in building safe and healthy communities. Joining your neighborhood association is one of the best ways to keep up with neighborhood happenings and get involved with people and projects that make you say, “I’m proud to live in Charles Village…Waverly…Remington…Roland Park…” Or whatever Greater Homewood neighborhood you call home.

Teach someone to fish. You know the adage, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for today. Teach a man to fish and you’ve fed him for a lifetime.” With an estimated 99,000 Baltimore City adults lacking a high school diploma, knowledge is one of the most impactful gifts you can give. Share your knowledge and consider becoming an adult basic education or ESOL tutor at the Greater Homewood Adult Learning Center.

Take it to the streets. If you’ve ever dreamed of donning a nautical curl while navigating a salty and seamless ocean, we ask that you stay on dry land. Block Captains sit at the helm of an invaluable voyage – recruiting volunteers, organizing block beautification projects, assisting with crime prevention, and promoting neighborhood pride. Sign up for one of our trainings today (no sea legs required).

Buy a little happiness. Multiple studies have shown a strong correlation between charitable giving and happiness. By making a donation to GHCC, you are giving back to your city, your neighbors, and most importantly, to yourself. You are supporting the kind of work that can only be done by your local community development nonprofit organization – that’s us.

Have a safe and happy New Year!


Mark Your Calendars!

October 23: GHCC Open House, 5-7 p.m.

Come talk with us! If you’re interested in learning more about what GHCC does, swing by our office at 3503 North Charles Street on Tuesday, October 23 from 5:00 pm – 7:00 p.m. for our GHCC Open House. Meet our staff and speak with Executive Director, Karen Stokes, about how our work builds and strengthens vibrant urban communities in north central Baltimore. Light refreshments will be served!

October 30: GHCC What Works in Education Series, 6:30 p.m.

Join us for our next What Works in Education Speaker Series. On Tuesday, October 30 at 7:00 pm, hosted by the Bolton Street Synagogue (212 West Coldspring), author Paul Tough will present his new book How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity and the Hidden Power of Character. Learn more by listening to this fascinating podcast of This American Life.

Doors open at 6:30 pm with opportunities to talk with representatives from GHCC and the Baltimore Curriculum Project. For more information, contact Claudia Diamond at claudiaadiamond@gmail.com or visit www.boltonstreet.org.

Three fantastic events in 2013!

NEIGHBORHOOD INSTITUTE (March 9, 2013) – Led by some of Baltimore’s best and brightest activists, artists, educators, and leaders, the 6th Annual Neighborhood Institute: Love Where You Live is a day-long series of free workshops focused on educating City residents about what they can do to help build and strengthen vibrant urban communities. Hosted at the Inn at the Colonnade on W. University Pkwy, this event attracts over 200 attendees each year. Proceeds benefit GHCC’s work in neighborhoods and public schools.

SCRABBLE FUNDRAISER FOR LITERACY (April 6, 2013) – Every year, more than 150 people gather in the spirit of fun and games to support GHCC’s Adult Learning Center at the 12th Annual Scrabble Fundraiser for Literacy. Held at the Roland Park Country School, this delightful event attracts more than 150 people each year and features live music, delectable food, beer, wine, a silent auction, and, of course, Scrabble!

DAY TO PLAY SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT (May 11, 2013) – Featuring games, food, children’s activities and all-day softball games, our 2nd Annual Day to Play Neighborhood Softball Tournament attracts over 200 people and will take place in Wyman Park, followed by a post-game party in Remington.

Visit strongcitybaltimore.org/events for more information!

And please…

Your gift counts! There are many ways to contribute to GHCC, including via mail or online. And if you participate in any of the above workplace giving campaigns, please support building and strengthening vibrant urban communities by designating GHCC!