ST. PAUL (Aug. 29, 2012) — The Amherst H. Wilder Foundation and the Minnesota Historical Society (MHS) announce a collaboration to support existing and emerging leaders to build knowledge, skills, and connections for effective community leadership through the Neighborhood Leadership Program.
Wilder’s Neighborhood Leadership Programs have trained more than 700 community leaders since they began 15 years ago. This collaboration, made possible by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on November 4, 2008, will allow community members the opportunity to expand their knowledge and skills to take action by also looking at community history and how that can inform their actions today.
Applications are being accepted until September 28. This six-month training program is open to anyone who works, lives, or volunteers in St. Paul and is interested in becoming more involved in the community. There is space for 30 participants. Classes are held twice each month – one week night evening and one Saturday – from October through April. Child care and transportation services are available.
During the six-month program, participants learn many new skills, including gaining a greater understanding and awareness of themselves, developing effective working relationships with others, and engaging in meaningful action in the community. Participants are networked with a cohort of community coaches to help establish relationships that further the work between NLP students, existing community and neighborhood leaders.
People interested in the training can register for as little as $100, making the training affordable as well as valuable. Participants often find sponsorship for the program fee and scholarships are available on a limited basis. For more information or to apply, please call 651-280-2452, email [email protected], or visit our website at www.wilder.org/nlp.html.
The Amherst H. Wilder Foundation is a nonprofit health and human services organization that has served the greater St. Paul, Minn., area since 1906. The Foundation operates more than 40 programs and services that help children succeed in school; troubled youth and families; individuals and families maintain long-term housing; older adults remain independent; and organizations and individuals work for positive change in the community.
Wilder Research is one of the nation’s largest nonprofit research and evaluation groups dedicated to practical research in the field of human services. Wilder Leadership Programs work to nurture and build the skills of emerging community leaders, and to renew the energy and commitment of experienced leaders.