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Livable Neighborhoods Training: Why Should You Attend?

noelle marcusOn May 12, 2012, MAS will host the 6th annual MAS Livable Neighborhoods Training. Since its inception, Livable Neighborhoods has trained over 700 community board members, community planners and neighborhood activists on how to advocate and affect change in their community. To register for Livable Neighborhoods, click here. We asked Noelle Marcus, a Livable Neighborhoods Training participant in the spring of 2011, about her experience with Livable Neighborhoods, and how the training has helped her get involved in her neighborhood. Where do you work and how are you involved in your community? I work at a local economic development corporation based in Harlem. I live in East Harlem. At the end of 2011, I won a competitive grant through Citizens Committee for New York. Through this grant I co-founded the East 103rd Community association, a community organization to promote the beautification and sustainability of our neighborhood. When did you attend the Livable Neighborhoods Training? What was your primary reason for attending? When I heard about the Livable Neighborhoods Training, I instantly knew that I wanted to be a part of it.  As a recent college graduate, Livable Neighborhoods provided the practical skills needed to turn my passion for improving public space and my love for New York into action. What sessions did you attend? What tools did you learn in these sessions? I attended the sessions on Historic Preservation and NYC Zoning. Both workshops were well structured and exceptionally informative. I learned how to navigate the technical laws and policies that shape our built environment. Why should people who want to get involved in the planning and development of their community attend Livable Neighborhoods? Because it is a unique opportunity to be in a room with real NYC heroes, professionals, and rising community leaders. This year, Livable Neighborhoods is co-sponsored by the Pratt Institute’s Programs in Sustainable Planning and Development. The event will feature twelve workshops facilitated by experts from a variety of organizations throughout the city, including the Center for Urban Pedagogy, the New York City Department of Small Business Services and the Women’s housing and Economic Development Corporation. The day-long workshop series will be held at Pratt Manhattan, located at 144 West 14th Street. Click here to register for the event. To learn more about Livable neighborhoods, visit www.mas.org/lnp.