Allston Brighton Community Development Corporation

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The POWER Institute

The POWER Institute is a series of training sessions designed to help individuals develop and build the skills important for becoming strong community leaders and making a positive impact in their neighborhood). We encourage people at all levels of leadership and community activism to attend. The training will help veteran leaders sharpen their skills and introduce new concepts to those just getting involved in community building.

Over the course of four sessions, we will cover the following topics:

  • Using Community Organizing to Create Change: What are the core elements of community organizing? What is the difference between tactics and strategies?
  • Planning Campaigns that Win: How do you build a collective plan of action?
  • Mapping Power for Community Change: How do we relate to power in our work, personal life, and community? How do we build power for social change? How do we shift power when necessary?
  • Using Planning to Create Action: How do you develop an action plan to move a project or campaign forward? How to you identify resources you need to move forward?
  • The Local Context: How does government work in Allston Brighton and across the City of Boston? Who has power in the city and who does not? What kind of work is already being done to make change?

Who should attend and what are the requirements?

The POWER Institute is open to the Allston Brighton community at large.  We especially encourage people who have been or would like to be involved with Allston Brighton CDC to apply, including residents in Allston Brighton CDC housing, graduates of our homebuying classes, and committee members. Our goal is to cultivate a strong base of leaders within the Allston Brighton CDC community and to create strong relationships between participants that will lead to community action and long-term community change.

Our next round of trainings will take place on April 2nd, 9th, 16th, and 23rd from 6-8 PM. Dinner will be provided, and we will have childcare and interpretation available (if needed).

To RSVP, please contact Jason Desrosier at (617) 787-3874 x206 or email at [email protected] no later than Monday, March 23rd, 2020. 


Community Development Workshops

Becoming engaged in the development process in Boston is not an easy pathway to navigate without preexisting knowledge or connections. For the average resident lacking community development expertise, it may take months to master the jargon alone: Article 80, IMP’s, PDA’s, IAG’s, IDP, etc. We at Allston Brighton CDC have created an easy-to-digest curriculum addressing the development process and avenues for community involvement.

With over 4,000 units in the active development pipeline, it is our goal to provide residents with a baseline of knowledge and skills necessary to participate in the development process and become active, informed leaders in their communities.

Contact us for more information or to apply for the next round of trainings.




“The meeting was extremely helpful in that I learned the best methods to educate myself about proposed and ongoing projects, such as the BPDA website. I also learned how to get involved by writing comment letters, and I was able to meet and put faces to the names of some key players in policy and planning around Allston. Overall, the workshop was a success and I would recommend having it again.”

-Community Planning and YOU attendee, 2018

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