In October, several Chattanoogans, including CNE employees and Highland Park and Ridgedale residents, attended CLI (Community Leadership Institute by NeighborWorks) in Los Angeles in order to better hone their leadership skills when it comes to helping their communities.
CLI allows leaders to participate in several courses designed to aid in developing community projects: "Facilitating Group Decision-Making" and "Developing Your Neighborhood Brand" to name a couple. Our Chattanooga team chose to focus on the disconnection that exists in the two neighborhoods between generations, as its central project proposal for the weekend.
“CLI was an excellent opportunity for me to hone my interpersonal and leadership skills and expand my knowledge on helping to develop my community,” says Ridgedale resident Theresa Ivey. “Attending as a group...allowed us to get to know one another and what experiences we were actually coming from, so we could develop a unified plan.”
In addition to brainstorming and formulating a plan, the Chattanooga team also had the opportunity to connect with other cities and communities from across the country to gain lessons and strategies from the success of others.
According to Theresa, the conference was invaluable when it came to harboring connections. “[We were able to] meet people from other communities across the nation who were all working to improve their communities. Conceptually knowing [of these individuals] is one thing, but seeing a sea of tables filled with communities is another.”