Local leaders graduate from community improvement program

The Neighborhood Leadership Program Class of 2008 graduation celebration on Saturday, August 23 honored a diverse group of 34 grassroots neighborhood leaders from throughout Long Beach who have completed a five-month program empowering them with the skills, knowledge, and resources needed to become more effective community advocates. The graduates aim to revitalize neighborhoods and provide leadership roles in improving the Long Beach community.
The graduates implemented four class team projects along the Long Beach Boulevard corridor in North Long Beach. The teams utilized up to $1,000 each in grant funding provided by the Redevelopment Agency and North Long Beach Project Area Committee (PAC). The teams leveraged an additional $32,000 in community resources. The Neighborhood Leadership Program is offered by the City of Long Beach, Department of Community Development, Neighborhood Services Bureau.
The Neighborhood Leadership Program is partially funded through the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and is free to participants. The Neighborhood Leadership Program is a nationally recognized, multi-lingual, multi-cultural program. The City of Long Beach, Neighborhood Services Bureau has offered the program since 1992 and will celebrate in this year’s class the 400th graduate to have completed this intensive program.

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