Workshop Urges Columbians to Get More Involved
COLUMBIA - The final Neighborhood Organizing Workshop of the year on Wednesday encouraged its participants to increase civic engagement in their local neighborhoods.
The Office of Neighborhood Services and University Extension sponsored the series of workshops this fall to teach Columbia residents to value and pursue their active citizenry.
The idea for the workshops stemmed from the Neighborhood Leadership Program, a seven-session series on topics related to personal leadership and means of strengthening local neighborhoods.
Neighborhood Response Coordinator Bill Cantin said the participants asked such specific questions about playing an active role in their neighborhoods that the Office of Neighborhood Services and University Extension decided to form the series of workshops to address these questions.
The first workshop focused on neighborhood advocacy, the second on neighbors working together and the third on strategic planning in their neighborhoods.
The Neighborhood Leadership Program sessions will begin January 24.