One of the things we noticed in the wake of Superstorm Sandy is that affected areas with strong, active civic groups rebounded a little faster than the rest. Sheepshead Bay is just not one of those neighborhoods.
Enter Empower Sheepshead, a new group funded by the Brooklyn Community Foundation to help spur the formation of civic groups, block associations and community organizations across the neighborhood and network them together into a stronger Sheepshead Bay.
To get things rolling, Empower Sheepshead is bringing together a handful of aspiring community leaders from across Sheepshead Bay to teach them how to organize their blocks and buildings and ultimately train more leaders. The workshop is led by NeighborWorks America, a congressionally chartered nonprofit whose sole business is training future grassroots leaders.
We were informed yesterday that, due to a few last-minute cancellations, there are spaces available for tomorrow’s program. So if you want to be at the forefront of community growth and development in Sheepshead Bay, and aspire to be a leader in the neighborhood, this is the place to start and get some free, hands-on training.
The group is looking for interested people who live or work in Sheepshead Bay, as defined by Emmons Avenue and Neptune Avenue to the south, Kings Highway to the north, Knapp Street to the east, and Ocean Parkway to the west.
The workshop is tomorrow, December 18, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Shorefront Y (3300 Coney Island Avenue).
This really is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for those looking to build a bright future for the neighborhood, or for those seeking a future in grassroots organizing. Neighbors who complete the one-day training will also be considered for paid positions with Empower Sheepshead as community reps, acting as the conduit of information and action between local communities and the Empower umbrella organization.
If you’re interested, please e-mail Vadim Shiglik as soon as possible at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Disclosure: Sheepshead Bites’ publisher Ned Berke is a consultant to Empower Sheepshead.