Allston Brighton Community Development Corporation

Working together, building community

Programs

Leadership Development Academy

Our Leadership Development Academy (LDA) series is of training sessions designed to help residents develop and grow their skills to become strong community leaders and encourage inclusion and equity in community leadership. We encourage people at all levels of leadership and community activism to attend. The trainings will help veteran leaders sharpen their skills and introduce new concepts to those just getting involved in community change efforts.

We currently offer two tracks of the LDA training series:

LDA 101
Over the course of four sessions, we explore the following topics:

  • Introduction to Leadership: What does it mean to be a leader? What type of leadership will help you make a unique impact in your personal life, at your job, in your community?
  • Relationship-Building and Conflict Resolution: How do strong relationships help us become better leaders? How can we work together to resolve conflict? How do we develop relationships and tell our stories as residents and community leaders?
  • The Local Context: How do public processes 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 and how can you be a part of it?

LDA 201
Over the course of four sessions, we explore the following topics:

  • Community Organizing and Campaign Planning: How can residents work together to address community issues such as affordable housing, homeownership, transportation/transit, green space – and win changes that benefit the entire neighborhood?
  • Power: How do we relate to power in our community? How do we work within current power structures for meaningful and long-lasting community change?
  • The Local Context: How do public processes work in Allston Brighton and 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 and how can you be a part of it?

Who should attend and what are the requirements?
While LDA 101 is geared towards those who are just beginning their journey as community leaders, LDA 201 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 our portfolio, graduates of our Homebuying 101 classes, and neighborhood committee members.

People of all languages are welcome and we will provide interpretation as needed. Our goal is to cultivate a strong base of leaders within the Allston Brighton community and to create strong relationships between participants that will lead to community action.

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

 

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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