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Copy of Community Organizing: East Austin Leadership Development Program (EALDP)

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A Social Change Model: Leadership By the People!

Funded by a grant from JP Morgan Chase

Southwest Key recognizes the increasing need for residents of East Austin to take leadership roles within our community. The East Austin Leadership Development Program (EALDP) is part of Southwest Key's East Austin Children's Promise initiative. Its purpose is to develop, coordinate and promote a variety of projects to engage residents of East Austin, and those concerned about East Austin in identifying critical issues and advocacy efforts in order to increase the political power, wealth and capacity of the community.

The EALDP aims to develop a resident-driven initiative to encourage a new wave of neighborhood leaders by providing information about the critical issues facing East Austin and teaching valuable leadership skills. The ELDP is geared to emerging leaders in our community and aims to strengthen the network of concerned citizens interested in improving the quality of life for East Austin's residents.

Participants attend multiple sessions where they learn skills, hear from established community leaders and participate in projects that put the learning into action.

To join or learn more, contact: Jennifer Nelson, jnelson@swkey.org, (512) 583-2546

Application and Eligibility

Participants must complete an application to be accepted into the program. Accepted participants join a training group that will meet multiple times throughout the season. Must be concerned about improving the quality of life of the residents in East Austin and have a desire to get involved in the emerging political voice and leadership of East Austin.

Benefits of the East Austin Leadership Development Program

- Learn the basics of community organizing and how to move the systems to achieve social change.
- Develop greater understanding of the issues facing East Austin
- Create meaningful and lasting connections with other community leaders
- Increase understanding of one's positive impact on the community
- Work to make a positive difference in the community