(Please Note: the correct media contact for this release is Gina Wimpey at 703-228-3252 or email@example.com)
- Become an advocate for your community
- Space limited
- Spanish interpretation, childcare provided
- Apply by September 29, 2014
ARLINGTON, Va. – Learn how to advocate for your neighborhood and effect change through Arlington County's free, eight-week Neighborhood College. This civic engagement and leadership development program encourages residents from across the County to get involved in local issues that affect their day-to-day lives.
Applications are due September 29, 2014. The program begins Monday, October 27, with eight weekly sessions through December 15, 2014.
“This program helps anyone who cares passionately about our community and neighborhoods better understand the County's processes and develop skills to help them work effectively for constructive change,” said Arlington County Board Chairman Jay Fisette.
Participants will learn and practice core communication and influencing skills, including giving and receiving feedback, asking questions that will elicit the best responses, building consensus and organizing for action. Sessions will include conversations with representatives from the County Board; the County Manager's office; Arlington Public Schools; the Department of Human Services; Public Safety and Neighborhood Planning.
“If you want to learn about how Arlington County government operates AND how to become more engaged in local issues, I recommend you consider applying,” said Neighborhood College graduate Richard Nelson. “The classes are lively. You'll interact with folks from every Arlington neighborhood, and I'm sure you'll enjoy the speakers from the Arlington County Board and government.”
Sessions will be held from 6 – 9:30 p.m. on Monday evenings from October 27 to December 15, 2014. Each session offers participants dinner, free childcare and simultaneous Spanish interpretation.
The sessions will take place at Courthouse Plaza, 2100 Clarendon Boulevard, 9th Floor Conference Room, Arlington, VA 22201. Free parking is available.
The graduation ceremony will take place at the County Board meeting on December 17, 2014.
Neighborhood College is a key component of Arlington's civic engagement infrastructure. The program seeks to strengthen our community by building broader, more diverse participation in Arlington's civic life. Its goal is to give Arlingtonians skills that will help them raise and address issues in their neighborhoods, or in the County as a whole, and to encourage their involvement in volunteer activities.
Some 291 participants have graduated from Neighborhood College since its inception in 2000. Many of those graduates have gone on to become neighborhood leaders. Graduates have become members of advisory groups and commissions; officers in their civic associations; leaders on special neighborhood improvement projects, and managers of Neighborhood Conservation plan development efforts, among other efforts.