2011 Neighborhood Leadership Program invites applicants

Monday, November 29, 2010 | 6:54 p.m. CST; updated 9:59 a.m. CST, Tuesday, November 30, 2010

COLUMBIA—The city's Neighborhood Leadership Program, now in its third year, is accepting applications from residents.

The program aims to impart leadership skills to citizens involved in neighborhood activities, or those interested in getting involved with their neighborhoods. The sessions will cover topics like local government, public safety, code enforcement, and planning and development process ideas, according to a city of Columbia news release.

The program accepts 25 people. The registration fee for the class is $25, but scholarships are possible, the release said.

"The fee is to make sure we get people who are really interested," Bill Cantin, neighborhood specialist, said.

The group will meet seven times, down from eight last year. The sessions are scheduled for Tuesday evenings from Feb. 1 through March 15, the release said.

Cantin said that they plan to spend more time on strategic planning issues.

The feedback from the program has been very positive, Cantin said. Last year, 22 people signed up and a few have already sent in applications for 2011.

Interested applicants can apply online. The Office of Neighborhood Services is accepting applications until Jan. 10, 2011. Selected applicants will be notified by Jan. 14.

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