INRC offers a wide variety of leadership, professional development and civic engagement workshops.
Neighbors Caring for Neighbors
Thursday, Nov. 4, 6-7pm
Join us for a conversation led by our partners at NeighborLink Indianapolis about homeowner repair.
NeighborLink Indianapolis is a nonprofit organization that provides home repairs to low-income seniors and individuals with disabilities who own their own homes within Marion County, Indiana. They have one mission: to help individuals with disabilities and senior homeowners in need age-in-place safely and with dignity.
Thursday, Oct. 21, 6-7pm
This virtual training will provide recommendations for how to use both technology and people based solutions to engage neighbors in a physically distanced way. It also discusses how we can continue to use the technology we've learned to improve engagement with marginalized groups after the pandemic, and provides resources for where to find help during times of unexpected economic distress. This workshop will be facilitated by Brandi Metzger and Katherine Boyles of Public Allies Indianapolis!
Check back in early 2022 for more information about the following workshops:
INRC workshops are $10 per workshop or $25 for all three fundamental workshops.
Three Fundamental Workshops
This course is a basic introduction to the tools used in neighborhood organizing, as outlined through INRC’s Organizer’s Workbook. The tools include the basics of community organizing, leadership and group dynamics, engagement, collaboration, communication, action to get results, meetings, and measuring success. The workbook has been used locally, and internationally, and has been lauded as an important toolkit for neighbors.
Introduction to ABCD/Asset Mapping
Through a series of exercises that build community, participants learn how to reach out to neighbors, bring them together to address problems, work toward shared goals, and build strong and organized communities. The mapping portion of the session will assist participants in identifying and discovering the obvious and hidden assets within their communities. Participants will begin to work on individual, associational, institutional, and community mapping tools for their neighborhoods and learn how to apply this information to connect issues and needs with assets.
In this course, we will look at a new way of using the power of positive questioning as an engagement tool and as a way to create energy for communities to move forward. Appreciative Inquiry (AI) has been used in the organizational development world for years. You will learn how it can easily be adapted for your community.
Practicing ABCD/Asset Mapping
This course is designed for those who are already familiar with Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD), but would like to dig deeper into the concept. Participants will use data to create engagement plans that reflect the specific demographics of their neighborhood. Those engagement plans can be used to identify and engage with the most important asset in every community – the people. The class will also include exercises that illustrate the principles of asset mapping in a group setting, as well as provide the opportunity to create asset maps for attendees’ own neighborhoods.
Planning for Healthy Communities
The Marion County Public Health Department's Healthy Communities Planning program works at the nexus of planning and public health. This session will introduce the concept of Health in All Policies, and how the social determinants of health can be influenced by neighborhood-level planning.