Building and Strengthening Neighborhoods and People

Neighborhood Institute Workshop Preview: “Come Love a Forest Patch” by Katie Lautar

If you are looking to protect the natural beauty and biodiversity of your neighborhood, ‘Come Love a Forest Patch’ would be perfect for you! To participate in this workshop, and others, register for the 2015 Neighborhood Institute here.

Even in Baltimore’s urban environment, many large forest patches exist. In fact, 34% of Baltimore’s tree canopy comes from forest patches – areas with over 10,000 square feet of tree canopy. These patches provide important ecosystem and wildlife benefits while contributing to the diversity and beauty of Baltimore City. Forest patches exist all over the City, sometimes hidden in the alleys behind our main streets – there is probably one in your neighborhood already!

Katie Lautar of Baltimore Green Space (photo courtesy of Baltimore Green Space).

Katie Lautar of Baltimore Green Space (photo courtesy of Baltimore Green Space).

As part of our Greening track, we are excited to partner with Baltimore Green Space to offer the “Come Love a Forest Patch” workshop at the 2015 Neighborhood Institute. This presentation will be led by Katie Lautar of Baltimore Green Space and include presentations from forest stewards from Govans Urban Forest, Springfield Woods, and Wilson Woods. Come learn about forest patches, discuss their environmental and social value, and share the basics of forest care in a patch near you. The forest patch stewards will also share stories of caring for their forests.

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: “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.

 


Neighborhood Institute Workshop Preview: “Know and Grow Your Volunteers” by Elisha Hawk, Jaclyn Range, and Annie Kaplan

Are you struggling to attract attendees to your general meetings? Is it difficult to get participants to volunteer for your organization’s events? If so, “Know and Grow Your Volunteers” will be a great professional development opportunity for a member of your non-profit. You can register for the 2015 Neighborhood Institute here.

For many emerging non-profits and local community associations, creating an active and engaged membership base is a constant challenge. While it might be easy to get members to join your organization, getting them to volunteer and invest in organizational activities can be more difficult. If you are looking to grow your non-profit’s volunteer base, this inspiring and interactive workshop is for you.

This workshop will be led by Elisha Hawk of the Yost Legal Group. Elisha is a Board Member for two local non-profit organizations, the Maryland Association for Justice and Back on My Feet Baltimore. Using these two case studies, Elisha will share tips for how to empower your members to feel more like citizens and take a more active role in your organization. Small steps to help participants feel more connected to an event can lead to a large increase in volunteering members. Elisha will be joined in her workshop by Jackie Range, Executive Director of Back on my Feet, and Annie Kaplan from Fay Kaplan Law.

Elisha Hawk (center)(photo courtesy of Maryland Association for Justice)

Elisha Hawk with Back on My Feet Baltimore volunteers. (Photo courtesy of the Maryland Association for Justice, Inc.)

 

GHCC’s 2015 Neighborhood Institute will be held on Saturday, April 18, 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.