CSNDC’s Resident Leadership Institute (RLI) is a 24-hour training designed to ground resident leaders in the fundamentals of community organizing, policy advocacy, asset mapping, and facilitation of community-building initiatives. Graduates of the program have played an active role in CSNDC’s program and advocacy work, such as:
- Helped lead Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporation (MACDC) “Meet Your Legislators” breakfast event, where they press for funding and policy development based on community needs.
- Worked with the City of Boston to convene “Pop-Up Dog Park,” recruiting local veterinarians and other pet care professionals to come on-site, share their ideas, and give information to local pet owners. The event took place on a long vacant/underutilized lot in the community and served as a means to recruit community members interested in developing green open space options in the neighborhood.