Next Neighborhood Leaders is a part-time training and networking opportunity for people who seek to learn and collaborate with others to make positive change in their neighborhood. Next Leaders is open to those who work, live, or want to contribute to positive change, in Coro partner communities. See “Communities” pages of our website to learn about Coro’s partner communities.

 

For the 2016 – 17, Next Neighborhood Leaders program, Coro is recruiting emerging leaders from Stowe Township and McKees Rocks. If you live or work in either community, apply today.

 

By participating in NEXT Leaders, you will:

  • Get to know others who are passionate about making positive change in your community
  • Meet emerging leaders from your community and work together on a project in your community
  • Participate in leadership training with peers from another community and learn from their experience
  • Explore challenges and opportunities facing your community
  • Receive mentoring and support while taking action to create positive community change
  • Learn to build strong teams by leveraging people’s strengths
  • Hone your skills in group facilitation
  • Develop and execute a plan for your personal development as a leader

We are now recruiting for Next Neighborhood Leaders (Stowe Township and McKees Rocks)

IMPORTANT DATES

Nomination Deadline: September 29th, 2016

Application Deadline: October 6th, 2016

Program Start Date: October 27th, 2016

MORE INFORMATION

NEXT Neighborhood Leaders develops the people and the networks that create positive change in Coro’s partner communities (See “communities” pages of this website to learn more about our partner communities).

Leadership development is a journey of action, reflection, and support. It takes time, commitment, and courage. NEXT Neighborhood Leaders is designed to be both demanding and flexible. It is demanding in that it requires a willingness to listen to others, stretch yourself, and change behavior when needed. It is flexible in that one participates in stages, making small commitments at each step of the journey and taking breaks as needed. To begin, you simply need to commit to the first part of the journey.

Sessions for the 2016 -17 year will rotate between Stowe Township, McKees Rocks and the Coro Office.

We invite you to apply if you:

  1. Live, work, or want to make positive change, in one of our partner communities
  2. Want to grow your social network
  3. Have an interest in discovering new ways to collaborate to make positive change
  4. Have a project or idea for positive community change that you would like to pursue.

 

NEXT NEIGHBORHOOD LEADERS PROGRAM STRUCTURE

Part I. Training and Learning Modules (6.5 months)

You will meet regularly with your cohort to learn core skills for mobilizing people to make progress on complex community challenges. You will develop ideas and explore collaborations for community impact projects that you will launch no later than the beginning of part II. And you will create a plan for your own development as a leader. Sessions will take place on Thursday evenings (5:30pm – 9:00pm) and Saturdays (9:00am – 4:00pm); please see the schedule below. A meal is provided at each session.

Thursday, October 27, 5:30-9:30pm

Saturday, October 29, 9:00am-4:00pm

Thursday, November 3, 5:30pm-9:30pm

Saturday, November 19, 9:00am-4:00pm

Thursday, December 1, 5:30pm-9:30pm

Saturday, December 17, 9:00am-4:00pm

Thursday, January 5, 5:30pm-9:30pm

Saturday, January 21, 9:00am-4:00pm

Thursday, February 2, 5:30pm-9:30pm

Saturday, February 18, 9:00am-4:00pm

Thursday, March 2, 5:30pm-9:30pm

Saturday, March 18, 9:00am-4:00pm

Thursday, March 30, 5:30pm-9:30pm

Saturday, April 15, 9:00am-4:00pm

Thursday, April 27, 5:30pm-9:30pm

Saturday, May 13, 9:00am-4:00pm

Program Commitment: Because our training is experiential, interactive, and group-based, our strong preference is that every participant attends every session. Special circumstances may cause you to miss a session. Special circumstances may cause you to miss a session, so we allow up to two absences (Thursday evenings count for half an absence) with the following exceptions. We require that all participants attend the first two sessions (Oct 27 & 29) and the final session (May 14th). x

Part II. Leadership Practice Circles (5.5 months)

The formal training and learning sessions end and you launch community impact projects. Each of you will choose to do either a group or individual project. Those who choose the group project will work with other members of the cohort and continue to meet on a regular basis. Coro faculty and staff will provide support to your project teams. They may attend project team meetings but will not organize or facilitate them. Those choosing individual projects will send Coro faculty two updates on your projects (in June and August) and make a presentation after 6 months (October). Faculty will also meet with all participants one-on-one to support your individual strategic plan. All participants also have the opportunity to access the Coro alumni network in order to attract volunteers and supporters for your projects. By completing Part II, you earn a Coro diploma certifying your ability to lead community change.

Dates:  Mid May – Mid October, 2017.

Project Presentations and Graduation: Thursday, October 19, 2017 – 5:30pm – 9pm

 

Part III. Continuous Learning and Collaboration (ongoing)

Upon graduation, you will continue to drive your projects towards success. While formal meetings with Coro faculty will end, you will continue to have access to the Coro alumni network to support your projects. Coro faculty and staff will be available on an as-needed basis. You will also have the opportunity to build leadership succession in your community by nominating others to participate in future cohorts of Next Leaders.

 

By participating in NEXT Leaders, you will:

  • Get to know others who are passionate about making positive change in your community
  • Explore challenges and opportunities facing your community
  • Receive mentoring and support while taking action to create positive community change
  • Learn to build strong teams by leveraging people’s strengths
  • Hone your skills in group facilitation
WHAT PARTICIPANTS SAY

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COST
The cost of NEXT Leaders is $5,000 for each participant. Because of our fundraising efforts, we are able to offer the program tuition free. Your support is critical to our efforts. To contribute, visit our fundraising site.
CALENDAR

The dates below are for the current (2015-16) cohort of Wilkinsburg leaders. All sessions will run from 5:30 – 9:00 pm, with a light meal provided. Check back with us soon for session dates for our next cohort beginning in September 2016 for Stowe Township and McKees Rocks leaders.

Date
Thursday, October 01, 2015
Thursday, October 08, 2015
Thursday, October 15, 2015
Thursday, October 22, 2015
Thursday, October 29, 2015
Thursday, November 05, 2015
Thursday, November 12, 2015
Thursday, November 19, 2015
Thursday, December 03, 2015
Thursday, December 17, 2015
Wednesday, January 07, 2016
Thursday, January 21, 2016
Thursday, February 04, 2016
Thursday, February 18, 2016
Thursday, March 03, 2016
Thursday, March 17, 2016
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Thursday, April 14, 2016
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Thursday, May 12, 2016
Thursday, May 26, 2016
Thursday, June 09, 2016
Thursday, June 23, 2016
Thursday, July 07, 2016
Thursday, July 21, 2016
Thursday, August 04, 2016
Thursday, August 18, 2016
Thursday, September 01, 2016
Thursday, September 15, 2016
CURRENT COHORT

Katie Blackburn
Katie Blackburn

I am a program coordinator for Jumpstart Pittsburgh, a national nonprofit that trains undergraduates to mentor low-income preschoolers in language and literacy skills. Although a native of Philadelphia, I truly enjoy Pittsburgh. About the Coro program, I am excited about emerging from the program a confident and versed leader to elicit positive change in all future endeavors, whether for the city or in my field of early education.

 

Klara Brown
Klara Brown

A resident of WIlkinsburg since 2005, I began my term as a member of the Wilkinsburg School District Board of Directors in December 2013, where I currently serve as Vice President and Treasurer. I also work as an Office Manager of a local Home Health Agency and serve as a board member of Hamnett Place Community Garden. About Coro, the program gives me the tools that I need to better understand “me’…This program has enabled me to confront my worst enemy…me!

 

Autumn Butler
Autumn Butler

I am a current resident of Wilkinsburg and serve as the executive director of Wilkinsburg Christian Housing, a ministry dedicated to restoring abandoned houses in Wilkinsburg. In addition, I am the administrator of Covenant Fellowship Church in Wilkinsburg. I am excited to be a part of the Coro program as it seeks to bring community leaders together to discuss important community issues. I enjoy getting to know the other NEXT leaders and getting different perspectives on leadership and community development.


Evan Diamond
Evan Diamond

I am a relatively new resident of Western Pennsylvania and…of Wilkinsburg. I’ve studied music, traveled quite a bit and learned a lot about rural and urban agriculture. I am currently serving as the manager of the produce department at the East End Food Co-op. About Coro, the program creates a constellation of people that would not naturally form, which breaks barriers and creates and combines the energy of a better represented community. This is critical for communities like mine where legacies exist and apathy persists.


Cynthia Kenderson
Cynthia Henderson

I am a Visionary/Dreamer with an eye for details…I manifest this through my photography and my ability to craft words into poetic sonnets and metaphors. About Coro, the program is exciting to me because I get the opportunity to meet other leaders living and working in Wilkinsburg who are already doing great things for their communities. I look forward to collaborating with (them) on various projects in addition to using my current position to sharpen the skills that I desire to implement in my childhood neighborhood of Wilkinsburg.


Heather Manning
Heather Manning

Born and raised in rural northwestern Pennsylvania, I am an educator, social justice advocate, and writer. I am committed to community health and equitable engagement. My passion for wellness has inspired me to lead countless workshops on creating products that positively impact the body.The Coro program has challenged me to broaden and strengthen my relationships to the community. I am learning how to turn my passion for social justice into a viable skill as a leader.

 

Jeffrey Nash
Jeff Nash

I am passionate about youth development and have served as program manager for YouthWorks for over 9 years. An alumnus of Coro’s Community Problem Solving Fellowship, I am excited about participating in this second Coro program. My future goals include plans to obtain both a Master’s degree in Social Work and a Law degree.

 

Alexandra Oliver
Alex Oliver

I moved to Pittsburgh from Canada to pursue my PhD in art history. After completing my degree I decided to stay in Pittsburgh to continue working with the growing arts community. The Coro program represents an outstanding opportunity to connect with a diversity of neighborhood leaders who are committed to making Wilkinsburg a stronger community. It is also a great opportunity – and challenge – for personal and professional development.

 

Brazitte Poole
Brazitte Poole
I  am a Pittsburgh native from Wilkinsburg and Homewood. I graduated from Coro’s Women in Leadership in 2014. Joining Next Leaders gives me an opportunity to collaborate with an amazing cohort of people to make an impact on a neighborhood that means so much to me.

 

 

Jaleah Robinson
Jalea Robinson

I am passionate about education’s potential to empower our young women and men. I am proud to serve as the assistant principal at the Environmental Charter School and am eager to take on a new role as a board member of the Wilkinsburg Boys & Girls Club. I am excited about the Coro program because I get to engage with my community in a new and meaningful way. It is easy to get stuck in the land of what’s not going right, but real change can happen when we make the choice to work together to provide a purpose driven solution.

 

Teisha Stolich
Teisha Stolich
I am a proud native of Pittsburgh and have been a Wilkinsburg resident for several years. I serve as a Code Enforcement Officer for the Borough of Wilkinsburg where I ensure the health, safety, and well-being of all residents. I am a passionate, adaptive leader that enjoys helping others and I am excited to expand my skills and development through this stimulating cohort.

 


Frank Tillman
Frank Tillman

Raised in Homewood and a resident of Wilkinsburg since 2007, I served Wilkinsburg School District six years as a paraprofessional and four years tutoring in the afterschool program. Currently I teach for Pittsburgh Public Schools and direct two weekend youth programs. I am dedicated to the education and safety of youth. It has been an honor to participate in the Coro program where I have learned valuable key aspects to leadership, and how to be more effective in my leadership role and service to my community.

 

O.E. (Zoe) Zelmanovich
O.E. (Zoe) Zelmanovich

I am a proud fifth generation Pittsburgher and have been a homeowner in Wilkinsburg for five years. I am excited to participate in the Coro program because I love Wilkinsburg and believe that it is well-suited, as a typical inner city rustbelt neighborhood and a tiny independent municipality, to be a locus of experimentation and forward thinking policy-making that can create genuinely equitable development and build a diverse community that truly allows all of its residents to thrive.

 

 

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