Registration for all events except Bridging the Difference is now closed. Questions? Call us at 704-336-3380.
With the exception of the "Bridging the Difference" forum,
the registration deadline for Neighborhood Exchange events was April 16.
NEXWeek: 2019 Neighborhood Exchange
Are you ready to take the next steps for your community?
Join us for NEXWeek: 2019 Neighborhood Exchange on April 23-30. This year, we will host a series of activities throughout the week that are designed to celebrate community work, teach you new skills, spark ideas from successful local projects, and so much more.
Learn more about each event and register below. See how NEXWeek can help you reimagine next week, next month and next year for your neighborhood!
Neighborhood Leadership Awards Breakfast
Tuesday, April 23, 8 to 9:30 a.m.
Levine Museum of the New South, 200 E. 7th St.
This breakfast is for Charlotte neighborhood leaders to recognize excellence by their peers. This year, the awards feature some new categories, which include:
Lifetime Achievement Award: This award will honor an individual whose life and work (ideally, 20+ years of volunteer service) have benefited their neighborhood by creating inclusiveness, increasing the viability of community activities and organizations, and supporting the neighborhood and its leaders.
Neighborhood Organization of the Year: To be considered for this award, an organization must be registered with the City's
Neighborhood Organization Contact List and have completed several strong community building activities (April 2018 – March 2019).
Rookie of the Year: This award is for young leaders under 35 who are bringing passion, fierce commitment and new forms of organizing and activism to make Charlotte a better place for all.
Community Volunteer of the Year: This award celebrates an outstanding individual who transcended neighborhood boundaries and has made a difference benefitting and uplifting our city overall.
Community Service (Business): This award recognizes outstanding contributions by a private business or industry with an extraordinary commitment to community service that has helped improve the quality of life in local neighborhoods and across Charlotte.
Community Service (Nonprofit): This award recognizes outstanding contributions by a nonprofit organization with an extraordinary commitment to community service that has helped improve the quality of life in local neighborhoods and across Charlotte.
Neighborhood Trainings (in collaboration with SkillPop)
Thursday, April 25, 6 to 8 p.m.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center
600 E 4th St, Charlotte, NC 28202
Wondering how you can better organize your neighborhood association? Interested in creating public art for your neighborhood? Join us on Thursday to learn new skills that can help you help your neighborhood thrive. These classes are in collaboration with SkillPop. After you register for NEXweek, you will still need to register for your specific SkillPop class on their website.
Please only choose one class.
Do you have a neighborhood team that takes on big responsibilities and sets even bigger goals? In this class, Blair Primis will guide us through the mentality and guidelines that will set your neighborhood up to achieve big results. This class is geared toward getting your neighborhood group organized, maximizing your full potential, and having efficient and effective work collaboration that drives toward positive results.
*This is SkillPop class is full.
Join Chrissie Nelson Rotko from Off the Eaten Path for a two-hour deep dive into the world of Instagram. During this workshop, we'll cover how to capture your neighborhood brand, curate your feed, and cultivate your community using the popular visual platform. With instruction on everything from content creation and creating a cohesive feed to community management and engagement - we'll make sure to cover all the essentials! Chrissie will also touch on hashtags and algorithms to ensure you're well equipped with best tips, tools and practices for Instagram and other social media platforms by the time you leave this class.
*This SkillPop class is full!
Teacher Jamil Steele, his 5th grade students at Shamrock Elementary and leaders from the Country Club Heights neighborhood association, literally took art to the streets when they collaborated on a Paint the Pavement project. Join Jamil as he walks you through the creative process to help you design a project that can be a real placemaking opportunity for your community. Hear about the impact it made on the neighborhood – including slowing down traffic by the school – and learn about grants that may be available to help you turn a community street into a work of art.
Join Amanda Zullo and Demetria Cox as they demonstrate how you can develop a green thumb with Pop Up Produce's Fresh Start Kits while helping youth in our local food deserts grow food, too. Hear about their work and impact in our local school system including how they raise awareness about food deserts in our community and how growing food is growing our community. As a Neighborhood Exchange participant, you will get to take home your very own Pop Up Produce Fresh Start Kit. Let's get growing!
Placemaking Bus Tour (Buses FULL)
Saturday, April 27, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Old City Hall, 600 E. Trade Street (starting location)
Creating a sense of place doesn't require a large budget, just great amounts of enthusiasm and imagination! Get reinvigorated for your next neighborhood project by joining the Planning, Design, and Development staff for a Placemaking Tour of some of the most creative, quirky and inspiring spaces in Charlotte. Stops on the tour include a magic carpet, a growing village and a very large porch.
Bridging the Difference (YOUTH: Building A Positive Future)
Tuesday, April 30, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Johnston YMCA (in NODA) – 3025 N. Davidson St. Charlotte, NC 28205
Charlotte is a city of over 850,000 diverse residents with varying viewpoints. Participate in the next Bridging the Difference event, which aims to bring our community together for conversations about policing, public safety, community impact and a wide range of other topics. This specific event is for youth produced by the youth! Generation Nation and the Young Black Leadership Alliance are partnering with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department to feature youth-centric programming aimed at 8th – 10th graders.
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