Community Building


“When people discover what they have, they find power.


“When people join together in new connections and relationships they build power.”


“When people become more productive together, they exercise their power to address problems and realize dreams.” - Mike GreenWhen People Care Enough to Act


Truly empowered communities are those that identify, connect, and use their own strengths.


Our grant recipients have used funding to reach out to the most vulnerable and marginalized populations to reweave the social fabric in Cleveland’s neighborhoods. There are creative and innovative ways to build community. Check out some of these excellent resources.


The Asset-Based Community Development Institute (ABCD) is at the center of a large and growing movement that considers local assets as the primary building blocks of sustainable community development. Building on the skills of local residents, the power of local associations, and the supportive functions of local institutions, asset-based community development draws upon existing community strengths to build stronger, more sustainable communities for the future. They offer trainings and their website has a wealth of information. Visit for more information.


The Cleveland Mediation Center promotes constructive conflict resolution, especially among youth and to strengthen community ties with an emphasis on mediation and mediation training. Some neighborhood leaders have been trained in mediation and use it in their neighborhood to improve relationships between neighbors and to resolve community disputes. For more information, please visit


Community Organizer Basic Training is an intensive training on the basics of community organizing and community building. It’s organized by the Cleveland Neighborhood Development Coalition, the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, and Organize! Ohio. Call Larry Bresler at 216. 651.2606 or email him at for more information.


The Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio empowers individuals to build on the strength of diversity and create communities where all people are connected, respected, and valued. They offer training programs and assistance in promoting comfortable, diverse relationships. For more information, please call 216.752.3000 or visit


The East Side Leadership Collaborative Training Program is a three-day training program on neighborhood community building and community organizing for neighborhood leaders. For more information, please contact Michelle Broome at St. Clair Superior Development Corporation at 216.881.0644 or by email at


Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University offers continuing education courses in community development and community engagement strategies. For more information, please call 216.368.2274 or visit


The West Side Leadership Collaborative (WLCC) is devoted to fostering leadership skills in neighborhood leaders and offering a networking opportunity for community leaders. Lessons and discussions include community building, power analyses, strategies and tactics, meeting facilitation, and outreach techniques.  The trainings are held at a central west side location. For more information, please contact Megan Meister at 216.961.7687 x. 202 or by email


When People Care Enough to Act, written by Asset Based Community Development trainer Mike Green, provides great information on practical community building work and social inclusion using principles of Asset Based Community Development. You can order the book or download much of the material by visiting





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