SkateFest started as an idea for Omaha’s first skateboarding competition and festival. To get a jump start on funds for the event, Blake Harris’s organization SkateFest Omaha applied for One Omaha’s community-building mini-grant.
“I had a great experience at the Neighborhood Leadership Academy. Very informative, fast paced and friendly. I would recommend this to anyone hoping to be more effective and impactful in their community.”
Neighborhood Leadership Academy is a day-long training to develop community members with levels of strategy needed to organize a neighborhood and volunteer-led group.
The training encourages attendees to take on leadership roles in their neighborhoods and provides the skills necessary to develop and execute collaborative projects. Neighborhood Leadership Academy (NLA) is hosted in North, South, West, and Midtown Omaha to meet the interests of each community.
We use a survey to determine the curriculum from the list below:
Building on the strengths of a community and the skillsets of its residents to address wants and needs
How to measure the walkability and accessibility of your neighborhood to create projects, programs, and policy goals
How to keep neighbors connected and building a brand identity
How to grow, structure, and establish a neighborhood organization
Non-grant fundraising strategies
Strategies to develop projects and write a successful grant
How to run an orderly, effective, and inclusive meeting
An overview of strategies to revitalize your neighborhood and how to start the process
How to build projects and create long-term plans for activities or positive change
Identify and develop the future leaders of your neighborhood
Strategies for the recruitment and coordination of volunteers
Civics Academy is an annual, all-day training to boost civic engagement and build the capacity of community advocates.
Through interactive presentations and panel discussions, participants develop a framework of local government by learning the function of various departments, how they serve our city, an understanding of resources, and how to effectively organize for change.
Below is the initial list for this training:
Learn about the seven elected positions to govern our city and what their responsibilities are
A rotation of elected positions and how they impact our community
How the city budget works
Learn the departments and agencies, what they address, and how they are resources for you
What is the structure of our local government and how is the vision developed
A quarterly podcast discussing complex topics important to civic life in our community. This program will take a close look at topics ranging from affordable housing to transit-oriented development. By speaking to local advocates and policymakers, we hope to create a well-informed community with the knowledge needed to advocate for or challenge the local policies and programs that affect our everyday lives
Find the latest episodes here.
We offer our Leadership Series every year to meet our community’s needs. We are always open to suggestions or recommendations for additional topics, email our program coordinator, Michael Van Sant – email@example.com.