Building and Strengthening Neighborhoods and People

Community Building Resources

Strong City Baltimore’s Neighborhood Programs are at the heart of our efforts to build and strengthen people and neighborhoods in our city.

We believe that a strong 20120202-barclay-1309neighborhood must include engaged residents who work together to tackle tough issues, from crime to trash dumping to a lack of jobs. When a neighborhood seeks Strong City’s help, we coach residents to take advantage of the assets on their blocks and build relationships with their neighbors to form block networks and strengthen neighborhood associations. At the same time, we connect neighborhoods to citywide resources and larger coalitions to build power and leverage resources.

Our conviction that social change begins with neighborhood organizing has yielded positive results on the York Road corridor, Barclay, the Waverlies and beyond.

As a citywide organization, we stand ready to join forces with anyone who shares our vision, and we are open to working in any part of the city.

Neighborhood Leadership

Our Neighborhood Institute annually enrolls over 400 participants. This event offers a curated menu of workshops and panel discussions that give participants tips, tools and inspiration to improve their neighborhoods and the city. Save the Date: This year’s Neighborhood Institute is April 14, 2017 at the Baltimore School of Design.

Strong City’s Block Captain Training program is the best in Baltimore. Our staff works closely with residents to build the people power and skills, block by block, than can enact change. We offer a variety of classes including:

 Asset-Based Organizing: To tackle neighborhood issues, neighbors must lead  from strength.  The Asset-Based organizing model helps residents identify the  diversity of assets in their neighborhood and how to use them as a catalyst for change.

Door Knocking: Door-knocking doesn’t have to be intimidating.  Learn how to make genuine and successful connections with your neighbors via door to door campaigns.

Relational Meetings: Rational meetings are the most radical tool in organizing because they rely on relationships.  Practice the skills you need to build power through relationships.

Hosting a Successful House Meeting: Bringing neighbors together in a central location, having an agenda and delegating tasks takes diligence.  Understand the techniques that can keep your meeting focused and progressive.

Storytelling: The most effective way to lobby for change is through storytelling.  Master your own story while empowering others to tell their own through understanding your own power.

Intro to Digital Organizing: There are lots of online communication tools out there, but which ones are effective?  How do you mobilize people online to show up at in person actions? Learn more about utilizing digital tools for communication, graphic design, and petitions.

Introduced in any of our workshops for your community association, group, or workplace? Contact us to find out more details by e-mailing kkelleher@strongcitybaltimore.org