New Orleans Neighborhood Summit
The New Orleans Neighborhood Summit is a one-day professional development conference for Orleans Parish neighborhood associations and members, which offers skills development workshops, City info sessions, great food, and more. The 2013 Neighborhood Summit was held on Saturday, November 16 at the UNO Lindy C. Boggs Conference Center.
The Neighborhood Summit was divided into two components, skill building workshops in the morning and government info sessions in the afternoon.
Below is a list of workshops that we offerred at last year's Summit:
Embracing Diversity and Promoting Cultural Competency
As New Orleans becomes more ethnically-diverse, residents and organizations are embracing diversity and promote cultural competency more than ever before. Each ethnic group adds a unique set of beliefs, culture and values to the table. By tackling misconceptions and misunderstandings between groups of people, we can work together and fight social injustices more effectively. In this workshop, attendees will be introduced to factors that contribute to cultural competence and engage in meaningful activities to promote diversity.
Addressing Blight through City Policy
The City’s Code Enforcement process is crucial to addressing blighted properties. Since 2010, the City has consolidated the code enforcement process, restructured the lien foreclosure system and established an online tool for citizens to track the status of blighted properties called BlightStatus. In this workshop, residents will learn how to navigate the Code Enforcement system, as well as the strategies for addressing chronic blight.
Understanding Market Value Analysis
This workshop is dedicated to encouraging community members to use the Market Value Analysis (MVA) as a planning tool. The MVA is a research-based document that city government, community members and business owners can use to understand local real estate markets and investment opportunities.
This session will begin with a brief educational discussion that covers who produced the New Orleans MVA, why the MVA is an important tool and what information and data is contained within the document. This will be followed by a series of interactive activities that look at how community members can use the data and research contained within the MVA to plan, help guide and set local community development priorities.
Creating Campaigns and Taking Action
From ACORN to Oretha Castle Haley, New Orleans is known for its high level of neighborhood participation. New Orleanians face numerous challenges and it is tough for residents to address complex problems without a team of motivated neighborhood leaders.
This interactive multi-media workshop will teach residents the fundamental steps of organizing a campaign and moving it to action. We will use case studies from the Freret Neighborhood Center, VAYLA and other resident-led organizations to examine the steps involved. This is an opportunity to explore the achievements of successful campaigns created over the last few years. By the end of this workshop, attendees will be able to recruit a team, design a campaign and take action to improve their community!
Asset Mapping for Community Revitalization
The act of identifying and accessing community resources (human, social, cultural and economic) can promote greater community ownership and participation. In this workshop, participants will learn how to organize community information and resources to promote resident empowerment and engagement. Specifically, participants will learn how to identify assets in the neighborhood and methods for conducting asset mapping. Attendees will also learn how to differentiate between asset-based assessments and needs-based assessments.
Building Meaningful Youth-Adult Partnerships
Are you an adult who understands that our youth are important contributors to social change? Do you know how to help bring out the strength of both youth and adults as a means of sharing resources and decision-making power? This workshop is targeted to adults who share an interest in building strong and meaningful youth-adult partnerships for social change. Participants will evaluate their current competencies for developing meaningful youth-adult partnerships; learn the benefits of forming partnerships for their organization and address pitfalls of insincere youth-adult partnerships.
Language Access for the Latino Community
Language access poses barriers to full civic engagement for families and communities. Community members and nonprofits are working together to promote public policies that improve language access for residents with limited-English and create responsive public services that meet the needs of this growing population.
Better Coverage, Lower Costs: Making the Health Insurance Marketplace Work for Your Community
As part of the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare, the Health Insurance Marketplace will significantly reduce costs for uninsured and self-insured individuals. Nearly six in 10 uninsured Americans can get insurance for $100/month or less. Unfortunately, many people do not understand the mechanics of how the Marketplace will work. Come hear an expert from the New Orleans Health Department explain the law and join a discussion about how to give your neighborhood information about the Marketplace.
NOLA Communities Living With Water
The Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development (CSED) will host a water management workshop to engage neighborhood leaders in charting a path towards energy efficiency, environmental sensitivity and sustainable development. The goal of this planning initiative is to plan a course of action that will educate NOLA residents and neighborhoods about incorporating a water management strategy in their communities.
Navigating City Hall Online
Are you interested in learning how to use the City’s website to get things done from the comfort of your home, in the library or at the office? Instead of visiting City Hall try to navigate City Hall online.
The goal of this workshop is to identify departmental resources, learn how to apply for permits and licenses, and using the City’s online tools to find out what is happening with properties in your neighborhood. This hands-on, computer-based information session will cover navigating the City’s website, One Stop app, BlightStatus and Property Viewer.