Neighbors For 
Better Neighborhoods

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  • Learning & Leadership at NBN

“If you have come here to help me, you are wasting you time, but if your liberation is bound with mine, then let us work together.” –Lilla Watson

When individuals choose to collaborate and work cooperatively with others as a group so as to leverage their collective gifts, skills, and talents and achieve a common good for the community they have chosen the path of leadership.

NBN supports the development of neighborhood organizers by providing spaces for learning, connecting, reflection, and practice to develop their leadership skills.

Neighbors in Action (NIA)

Is a 5 session leadership & learning “boot camp” developed to strengthen grassroots groups in their work. The goal of NIA is to strengthen the skills and understanding of neighborhood leaders by providing learning and practice in conflict resolution, meeting facilitation, community organizing and project planning.

Neighbors in Action is place-based program offered in neighborhoods where residents are ready to leverage their assets to create neighborhood change. The program provides ongoing support from the NBN community organizing staff along with the Neighbors in Action national training faculty for 6 months beyond the completion of the program.

Individual who complete the program are pre-qualified for a grassroots grant from Neighbors for Better Neighborhoods up to $300 towards any Continuing & Professional Education Program.

To find out more please contact Kenneth Holly at [email protected] 

Working Groups

NBN’s working groups are where learning and organizing collide! Working groups are resident-led learning circles where groups discuss, discover, and learn more about topics of interest to the community and their impact.

Groups who complete a working group session have the knowledge and understanding to develop individual and/or collective action plans to take action in their community.

Examples of working groups at NBN:

  • Food Justice
  • Workers Cooperatives
  • Women & Girls Civic Engagement in WS

To facilitate a working group

Working group sessions can range from 3-6 months and meet on a schedule agreed upon by the group participants. Working groups are resident-led learning spaces and anyone can start a group based on their interest.

In order to host a group, NBN requires leaders to attend our Facilitator Training workshop offered bi-monthly at our offices located at 502 N. Broad Street.

NBN provides support for working groups by providing meeting space, marketing of the group, coaching for facilitators, and childcare services as available.

If you are interested in joining a group or starting one, please contact our office at 336.602.2519 or click here.

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Our Cross Systems Equity Summit in October 2015 was an important time to discuss what is happening in Winston-Salem neighborhoods. Click here for the story in the W-S Chronicle.


NBN provides on going training and development through ongoing workshop opportunities. Our community engagement workshops provide residents with an understanding of complex issue facing communities.

Topics have included: Entrepreneurship, Understanding the Local Economy, Asset-Based Community Development, Community Organizing, Neighborhood Blight, Workers Cooperatives and much more…

To see listing of our upcoming workshops, please click here.

Leadership Support

Neighbors for Better Neighborhoods believes in an asset based-strengths approach to community building. If you would like coaching and support in developing your group, or planning neighborhood projects please contact us at 336.602.2519 or click here.