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Applications Now Being Accepted for Community Leadership Institute Spring 2002 Session

The University of St. Thomas' Center for Nonprofit Management is again offering an exciting learning opportunity for community volunteers of neighborhood organizations. Created in collaboration with the NRP and the Metropolitan Alliance for Community Centers (MACC), and presented for the first time in Spring 2001, the Community Leadership Institute is a certificate program designed for neighborhood people engaged in NRP activities and staff members at MACC community centers.

The Institute is offered in three separate sections, or Levels. It begins with 10 sessions (Level 1) addressing topics neighborhood leaders have ranked as their highest learning priorities: Understanding the Structure of Organizations; Fiscal Responsibility; Increasing and Maintaining Participation; Dynamics of Change; Leadership Styles; and Planning.

The 10 sessions in Level 2 cover other key topic areas: Resolving Conflict; Building Dynamic Partnerships; Advocacy; Program Evaluation; and Fundraising. Eligibility for Level 2 is dependent on successful completion of Level 1.

Level 3 will be offered for the first time in Spring 2002. Class sessions will include panel discussions and independent work on a project, or practicum. The coursework will solidify the learning experience of Levels 1 & 2.

Participants earn Continuing Education Units for each level completed, and a Certificate in Community Leadership after completing all three levels.

This spring, Level 1 will be held Tuesday nights beginning Tuesday March 5th ; Level 2 will be held Wednesday nights beginning March 6th; and Level 3 will be held Thursday nights, beginning March 14th. Classes will not be held the week of March 25th. All classes will be held on the downtown Minneapolis campus of the University of St. Thomas.

Generous financial support for neighborhood volunteers is available for all three levels. For more information or to obtain a brochure and application, contact Margie Siegel at 651-962-4291. Space is limited, and applications are due February 11th, so fill out your application today!



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