Dr. Jenny Laster Community Engagement Academy



Designed to empower low to moderate income Residents

The purpose of the Community Engagement Academy (CEA) is to train community members to become community leaders. Community Engagement is defined as the process of working collaboratively with groups of people affiliated by geography, special interests, or issues affecting their wellbeing. It is only through this collaborative work that issues affecting communities will be solved. During the four months of the leadership academy you will learn the steps to work together to make positive change by promoting citizen participation and planning actions which will lead to accomplishing needed change and positive results in your neighborhood.

Training Topics

  • Leadership: How to be a leader; influence, vision, style and effectiveness
  • Community Advocacy; Taking Action with Information: Using community
    assets & data to develop action plans, identifying & changing public policy
  • Community Organizing & Building Capacity of Grassroots Organizations:
    Learn to mobilize, recruit and engage community members
  • Power and Influence: Learn the importance of collaborative leadership and identifying partners
  • Conflict Resolution: Working through challenges and facilitating the peaceful ending of conflict
  • Steps to Working Issues Through Government: Working your neighborhood issue through Governmental Entities

Applications Accepted Until the Class is Full
(20 students ages 18 and over). Students will be required to attend 6 of the 7 classes to graduate from the Academy.

To register, contact 513-585-9872 or closingthegap@UChealth.com.

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