Thank you to all of our 2017 Resident Leaders!

In March 2010, Neighborhood Housing Services of New Haven launched its Building Leaders, Building Communities: Resident Leadership Program. The program was an essential element of the training and education component of our Neighborhood Revitalization Institute.


Based on a curriculum developed in conjunction with our national partner, NeighborWorks®America, the program consists of five units. The primary goals of this program are to transfer concrete leadership skills to New Haven residents, create a space for participants to share their experiences with one another and increase their sense of being agents of change. One key to achieving these goals starts with the fundamental belief that participants and the communities they represent are assets. Oftentimes leadership programs are built to fill in the “missing gaps” in emerging leaders rather than to hone the strengths they already possess or allow time to build confidence and skills. This program aims to change that paradigm.


Here is a sample list of workshops:


Building Leaders, Building Communities Curriculum

  • Art and Science of Leadership
  • Mapping Community Assets
  • Understanding Power for Community Change
  • Planning Successful Campaigns
  • Leading Great Meetings


Participants attended at least four of the workshops listed above in order to receive their NeighborWorks Certificate. Keep an eye out next year for our 2019 applications! 


Past Facilitators:


Stephen Cremin-Endes Director of Community Building and Organizing, Neighborhood Housing Services of New Haven 

Lee Cruz Community Outreach Director, the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven

Velma George Neighborhood Specialist, the City of New Haven's Livable City Initiative 

Erik Johnson former Director of the City of New Haven's Livable City Initiative

James Paley Executive Director, Neighborhood Housing Services of New Haven

Sarah Parmenter Senior Specialist, Community Building Program at NeighborWorks America

Leslie Radcliffe New Haven City Plan Commissioner, NHS of New Haven Board member

Stacy Spell President, West River Neighborhood Services Corporation