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One of its most exciting projects has been its partnership with the Oakland Housing Authority. AHC has trained more than 500 low income housing customers in civic engagement, service learning and core values grounded in what it means to be a good neighbor. Another exciting componet of the partnership is the Neighborhood Leadership Institute(NLI).
NLI is a twelve-week training series based on best practices from established leadership development and community building programs, including a peer network that supports the participants beyond the training. The training program is open to participants who self-select into the program through word of mouth from other residents, informational flyers from OHA staff or after attending a NOW Orientation workshop. The training offers one college credit at the College of Alameda for 60 seminar hours at the NLI. In addition, leaders earn one credit for every 60 hours of volunteerism. At the end of the leadership training, participants demonstrate an increase in leadership skills and connections with the Oakland community.
In the long term, workshop and training participants will do the following:
♦ Implement the project in their neighborhood that they developed in the NLI seminars
♦ Connect with mentors that can support them in bringing their project to fruition
♦ Have a deeper understanding of the role that OHA plays in their lives and in the city of Oakland
♦ Develop a deeper understanding of service learning and its value to community building
♦ Feel a reduction in social isolation within the Oakland community
These two programs can be duplicated Nationally and has received raved reviews from the customers of Oakland Housing Authority
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The results of the work of the attitudinal healing connection has significantly increased the level of safety in a neighborhood that once was know as one of the murder capitals in Oakland
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Find support in gaining matching funds for the Neighborhood Leadership Institute NLI and the Neighborhood Orientation Workshops (NOW).