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MAS and Pratt Institute Partner in Brooklyn to Train Veteran and Emerging Community Planners

training community based planners

On Saturday, September 22, MAS and the Pratt Institute’s Programs for Sustainable Planning and Development teamed up to host the 2012 fall session of Livable Neighborhoods. The day-long training was held at Pratt Institute’s Brooklyn campus and brought community board members and representatives of community based organizations from all five boroughs together with graduate urban planning, historic preservation and environmental systems management students, to learn from professionals in the fields of city planning, economic development and streetscapes advocacy.

New York City Council Member Brad Lander gave an energizing welcome address, encouraging all in attendance to become involved in the planned development of their neighborhoods. Subsequent sessions were facilitated by instructors ranging from city officials and non-profit leaders to experienced community activists. The fast-paced day gave participants new tools and insights to become better involved in the major planning and policy issues facing their communities.

Livable Neighborhoods is generously supported by the Altman Foundation and aims to provide community leaders with the knowledge they need to effectively participate in decisions that impact their neighborhoods. Since the inception of Livable Neighborhoods in 2007, MAS has provided hands-on training to nearly 1000 New Yorkers.

MAS designed Livable Neighborhoods to fill information gaps for new community board representatives looking to expand their knowledge base. Over time, MAS has expanded the program to offer targeted trainings in topics like Advocating for New York’s Changing Streets and Media and Public Relations for Advocacy, while also creating custom workshops for the needs of specific community boards. In the coming months, we will be updating our Livable Neighborhoods Toolkit, which serves as a more in depth reference on many of these topics.