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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.
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.
Some Good News from 2020!
Neighborhood Rising Fund
In June of 2020, Community Capital Fund – AltCap announced the neighborhood organizations who were awarded the Neighborhood 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.
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You are invited to a Zoom webinar.When: Jan 11, 2021 06:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)Topic: South Kansas City Alliance Monthly

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As November 3rd is quickly approaching, we know there are people that need more information about what’s on their ballot. It’s

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Kansas City, MO Covid-19 cases are up 8.09% after the first two weeks of September. The Positivity Rate in Kansas City, MO from Aug.23

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Last week Mr. Sandy Eeds, President of the League of Women Voters, spoke to CFN cohorts in our Social Connecting / Physical Distancing

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Upcoming Events and Neighborhood Meetings
18 Jan '21
Washington Wheatley Neighborhood Association Meetings

Washington WheatleyNeighborhood Association meets every 3rd Monday at 6:00 pm at the SetonCenter, 2816 East 23rd Street, Kansas City, Mo 64127

  • Monday @ 6:00 pm Monday @ 7:00 pm
  • , Seton Center, 2816 East 23rd Street, Kansas City, Mo 64127, , .
18 Jan '21
  • Monday @ 6:30 pm Monday @ 8:00 pm
  • , Gregg/Klice Community Center, 1600 John Buck O’Neil Way, Kansas City, MO 64108, USA, , .
18 Jan '21
  • Monday @ 6:30 pm Monday @ 8:00 pm
  • , Kansas City Public Library: North East Branch, 6000 Wilson Ave, Kansas City, MO 64123, USA, , .
18 Jan '21
Maple Park

Maple Park Neighborhood Council meets every 3rd Monday of themonth at 7:00 p.m. at the American Legion, 5125 Bellaire. For more info contact Jennie Walters at -NO MEETING IN DECEMBER

  • Monday @ 7:00 pm Monday @ 8:00 pm
  • , Maplewood Elementary, 5200 NE 52 ND St. 64119, , .
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Our Team
Dina Newman


Jacob Wagner

Associate Professor of Urban Planning + Design

LaMonica M. Upton

Outreach & Engagement Coordinator

Erin Royals

Neighborhood Outreach & Research Coordinator

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