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We engage, equip and empower volunteer leaders with the tools they need to address the challenges and take advantage of the opportunities in their neighborhoods and community. Center For Neighborhoods utilizes an asset-based community development (ABCD) methodology, which works to build communities from the inside out.
Center for Neighborhoods Celebrates 5 Years!
We’re proud of the graduates of our Neighborhood Leadership Program (cohort classes) which we provide free of cost to the volunteer leaders of neighborhoods and homeowners associations in the Kansas City, Missouri area.
1st Cohort Graduates
1st Cohort Graduates
The Neighborhood Leadership Program is built around a 12-week course with a selected Cohort of volunteer leaders from Missouri neighborhoods and homeowners associations. Our leadership Cohorts work together to build their organizations and team members.
News You Can Use
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On Saturday September 18th, the Center for Neighborhoods hosted conservation expert, Alecia Kates, in the first of a FREE, two-part online

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Neighbors line up at a community hosted vaccine event on Kansas City's east side
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The Center for Neighborhoods is proud to help connect the dots between neighborhoods and public health officials in Kansas City’s

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Director Dina Newman writes on the Center for Neighborhood’s role in public health discussions. The Center for Neighborhoods’

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UMKC Center for Neighborhoods releases study on small apartment buildings for the City of Kansas City, Missouri CFN has released a study of

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Here’s What Nonprofit And City Leaders Have To Say… Wielding a power drill in one hand, code enforcement officer DeJuan Carpenter

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Upcoming Events and Neighborhood Meetings
  • Wednesday @ 1:30 pm Wednesday @ 4:30 pm
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01 Dec '21
Roanoke Homeowner Assoc.

online 1st. Wed. monthly board members homes

  • Wednesday @ 7:00 pm Wednesday @ 8:00 pm
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02 Dec '21
  • Thursday @ 3:00 pm Thursday @ 6:00 pm
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02 Dec '21
Oak Park

Does not meet in Jan or Feb

  • Thursday @ 6:00 pm Thursday @ 7:30 pm
  • , Brush Creek Community Center 3801 Brush Creek Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64130, , .
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Some Good News from 2020!
Neighborhoods Rising Fund
In June of 2020, Community Capital Fund announced the neighborhood organizations who were awarded the Neighborhoods Rising Fund(NRF) grants. Out of the 29 Missouri organizations who received NRF grant, 15 are Center for Neighborhood cohorts! Here’s a few pics of the neighborhood leaders receiving their check.
Congrats to all the recipients, and thank you for all your hard work and dedication.
SC//PD Portal
When covid-19 hit CFN created the Social Connecting // Physical Distancing portal, initially to keep a safe and open line of contact with our neighbors. It quickly turned into something so much more… From April to December CFN put on 40 virtual sessions and workshops and offered 1:1 assistance to all members of previous Cohorts 1-7 – while actively converting Cohort 8 to the same platform.
Our Team
Dina Newman

Director - Center for Neighborhoods

Jacob Wagner

Associate Professor of Urban Planning + Design

LaMonica M. Upton

Outreach & Engagement Coordinator

Erin Royals

Neighborhood Outreach & Research Coordinator

Learn more about our team and our partners