Neighborhood Academy


Neighborhood Academy

Neighborhood Academy is a set of free training workshops hosted by the Community Development Department designed to empower residents to become active leaders in or start a neighborhood association. Participants gain an understanding of neighborhood engagement and its empowering influence with the City of Winston-Salem.

These workshops are for those active in neighborhood leadership roles as well as those with a desire to become active. Workshop schedules for 2021 calendar year are as follows:

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According to the definition from United Nations Development Programme (UNDP): “In the global context, capacity refers to the ability of individuals and institutions to make and implement decisions and perform functions in an effective, efficient and sustainable manner. At the individual level, capacity building refers to the process of changing attitudes and behaviors-imparting knowledge and developing skills while maximizing the benefits of participation, knowledge exchange and ownership. At the institutional level it focuses on the overall organizational performance and functioning capabilities, as well as the ability of an organization to adapt to change. At the systemic level it emphasizes the overall policy framework in which individuals and organizations operate and interact with the external environment.” In this Neighborhood Academy session, we will examine how capacity building, on any level, begins with you!

About the Presenter 

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Alvin L. Atkinson is the Director of the Initiative for Just & Sustainable Communities (IJSC), the Executive Director of (CCS) at Winston-Salem State University and a nationally recognized expert in university and community collaborations. Alvin was named the Director of the IJSC in February 2016 after serving ten (10) years of serving as the Executive Director of the Center for Community Safety (CCS) at WSSU. As Director of the IJSC, Alvin initiates, facilitates and coordinates the delivery and institutionalization of interdisciplinary action oriented academic programs that enhance university and community collaborations and build commitments to social justice. He is also responsible for the synchronization of scholarship, research, and collaboration with leading practitioners and policy makers at both a local and national level for increasing capacity for all citizens to thrive. Alvin was recruited to join CCS in 2001 after a successful corporate career as Vice President of Wachovia Bank and President & COO of Victory-Masonic Mutual Credit Union. Consequently, since graduating from Davidson College in 1981, he has spent his entire professional career in Winston-Salem.

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In this Neighborhood Academy session, we will take a look into what you should expect if the media were to come knocking on your door. Whether it be an event or a crime, you’ll be prepared to answer the questions the reporter has and hopefully bring notice to the issue at hand. At the end of this session, you will know what to expect during the interview and how all that comes together to create the final product you see on the television.

About the Presenter

S. Glasco

Sarah Glasco is a Senior Video Producer/Reporter for the City of Winston-Salem's Marketing and Communications Department. She received her bachelors degree from Appalachian State University and a MBA in Marketing from Liberty University. Sarah has years of experience in the news industry, working as an Assignment Desk Editor and Videographer at Fox 8. She is a native of Mount Airy, North Carolina. 



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In this session, we will first discuss the pandemic by focusing on testing, prevention including vaccination, and then move on to strategies to maintain health more broadly.  We will address ways the pandemic has impacted provision of healthcare and discuss general preventative recommendations for adults including screening tests and lifestyle guidelines.

About the Presenters

Dr. Lindsey Sachs (3)Dr. Lindsey Sachs is a Family Medicine Physician who has practiced at United Health Centers (UHC) in Winston-Salem, NC since 2013. Born and raised in Michigan, she completed medical school at Michigan State University before moving south to complete residency at Wake Forest Department of Family and Community Medicine.  She joined UHC immediately following her residency and has had the privilege of providing primary care to residents of Winston Salem ever since. Her passions include women's health, preventative medicine, and improving general health for underserved communities.


Since arriving in Winston-Salem, Dr. Sachs and her husband's family has grown to include two daughters, and more recently, two guinea pigs. She loves travel, gardening, cooking, and spending time in nature with her family and friends.


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Felecia Bennett-Giles is an energetic and people loving Senior Civic and Community Engagement Specialist for United Health Centers here in Winston-Salem. United Health Centers (UHC), the only Federally Qualified Health Center in Forsyth County, is a nonprofit Medical, Behavior Health and Dental Home with three locations to service Forsyth county and surrounding areas. UHC welcomes patients with and without insurance. Uses a sliding scale, UHC is able to accommodate patients without insurance. 

 Bennett-Giles has worked in different forms of education and outreach for over twenty years.  She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Human Relations from High Point University and a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Grand Canyon University.

 At United Health Centers, Bennett-Giles focuses her energy on educating, informing and motivating individuals about UHC as well as advocating for North Carolina Health Centers. She loves to encourage individuals to be their own health advocate. Bennett-Giles also loves helping others and it has become part of her nature. In order to reach people, she goes to where they are, whether it is a church, a school, a recreation center, a community event/meeting or a barbershop. 

 In addition to assisting the community, Bennett-Giles stays in touch with elected officials of Forsyth Country in an effort to partner with them to advocate for community health centers. 

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The Psychology of Money is designed as a fun, self-reflective workshop in taking inventory of our own spending patterns and behaviors. We all learn about money differently and may learn about money from different influences or various lived experiences throughout our financial life cycles. We discuss conscious and unconscious spending, how marketing influences our spending behaviors and the money disconnect. This workshop is thought-provoking, an evaluation of financial habits and hopefully engage in lively conversations throughout our time together

About the Presenter

Lisa TerryLisa Terry is the Director of Financial Management and Education for Financial Pathways of the Piedmont. She oversees the budget, credit, student loan counseling programs as well as the Senior Financial Care program. She began at the non-profit over 18 years ago as an Administrative Assistant. As a single mom, Lisa was inspired to complete her college degree and enrolled in the evening degree program at High Point University while working full-time. She graduated in 2010 with a dual degree in Business Finance and Psychology. She currently holds a national certification for credit counseling, student loan counseling, and financial educator through the NFCC and has her housing certification through HUD. Lisa understands that financial literacy is important, but that there are many systemic inequalities, racial disparities and barriers that need to be addressed to help families out of poverty and build wealth. “You can’t budget your way out of poverty.” 

“Outside of the physical universe, and the laws that govern the physical universe, there is nothing that impacts, informs and transforms the human experience, nor moves our spirit, more than story.” - David V. Hunt

This 90-minute session will train community members and organizations how to plan a Community Building Storytelling project using the ancient yet ever present power of story and storytelling in every aspect of our lives. Community is created out of our experiences of the past and present and dreams of the future. From our hopes and fears, from woundings, victories, and healings. From remembering and imagining the betterment of the people, animals, planet, our children and grandchildren, nation, the world, and ourselves. 

Participants will learn how to design and hold intentional and strategic community storytelling events that help build relationships, create shared vision, heal community wounds, and celebrate community accomplishments and heroes.

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“Outside of the physical universe, and the laws that govern the physical universe, there is nothing that impacts, informs and transforms the human experience, nor moves our spirit, more than story.” - David V. Hunt

This 90-minute session will train community members and organizations how to plan a Community Building Storytelling project using the ancient yet ever present power of story and storytelling in every aspect of our lives. Community is created out of our experiences of the past and present and dreams of the future. From our hopes and fears, from woundings, victories, and healings. From remembering and imagining the betterment of the people, animals, planet, our children and grandchildren, nation, the world, and ourselves. 

Participants will learn how to design and hold intentional and strategic community storytelling events that help build relationships, create shared vision, heal community wounds, and celebrate community accomplishments and heroes.

About the Presenter

D. HuntDavid Hunt is dedicated to creating social justice by helping to build a sense of community, citizen empowerment, and bringing about positive collective change. 

 Now more than ever, communities and individuals are feeling disconnected, disempowered, and disillusioned with their leaders, their families, their communities, and the world at large. This division causes breakdowns in trust, creates conflict in relationships, and intensifies the feelings of helplessness, anger, and disempowerment. 

David founded David Hunt and Associates over 30 years ago. The company was designed to provide much needed citizen empowerment, community training and development. Much of David’s research, training and methodology were born during his three-year W.K. Kellogg Foundation National Leadership Fellowship. 

David teaches courses, facilitates workshops, lectures and speaks on story & storytelling as a tool for community building, civic engagement, leadership development. David believes that by teaching others how to harness the power of storytelling, social justice, community development and empowerment, thriving communities, increased civic engagement, deep healing, and social change are created. 

David has worked with a diverse and eclectic range of clients - from local and national non-profit organizations, local grassroots organizations, foundations and tertiary institutes, religious institutions, and government at all levels 

His energetic, charismatic, and fun-loving spirit creates opportunities for his clients and audiences to reflect, enjoy, learn, and grow together as they resolve conflict, plan strategically and organize powerfully. 



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With a history dating to 1774 when the Moravians of Salem began work on one of the nation's very first water systems, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Utilities provides high quality water, wastewater and solid waste services to customers throughout our county. Learn how water drawn from the Yadkin River and Salem Lake is processed to provide drinking water that recently ranked #2 in the USA! Then discover what happens after that water goes down the drain. Finally, when people tell you to throw something away, you’ll see exactly where it ends up. This department with 380 employees is funded not through taxes, but by water and wastewater user fees and landfill tipping fees. Attendees can register to receive a bag of free items. 

About the Presenter

Gale KettelerGale Ketteler is Public Information Officer for Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Utilities and leads communications for the department. Her career has spanned decades in commercial and public broadcasting, as well as marketing and communications for nonprofit agencies. In her role a spokesperson, she is dedicated to public outreach and media relations. She likes to say she gets to talk trash and use poop emojis professionally! Gale grew up on a Wisconsin farm, attended Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts and is a graduate of UW-Madison. She is also a voice-over artist and has performed with symphonies and opera companies.



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In this session, we will discuss sustainability and what that means as well as talk about the various local efforts happening in our city that improve the sustainability of Winston-Salem. We will also talk about ways for residents to get involved with those efforts through volunteer programs like Keep Winston-Salem Beautiful cleanup events and beautification efforts.

About the Presenter

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Helen Peplowski is the director of Sustainability for the City of Winston-Salem. She attended Elon University earning a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies. She went on to earn a master’s degree in Sustainability Leadership from Arizona State University. Her graduate work focused on developing an internal sustainability plan for Winston-Salem city operations. She has a passion for bringing community and government together to achieve a more environmentally, socially, and sustainably conscious society and introducing sustainable efforts into government approved initiatives.

She has worked for the city of Winston-Salem since 2015 starting out as an intern and quickly working her way up to director. She is a native of Winston-Salem and enjoys taking hikes and playing disc golf with her dog, Ranger.

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In this session, we will discuss how you can help make and keep your neighborhood safe by getting involved with Neighborhood Watch. Neighborhood Watch is a citizens' organization devoted to preventing crime and vandalism within a neighborhood. It is through coordination and cooperation with the Winston-Salem Police Department that members learn non-intervention ways to deter crime. 

About the Presenter

IMG_0167 (2)[2]Officer VC Costner is a member of the Community Resources Unit for the Winston-Salem Police Department. Officer Costner graduated from Winston-Salem State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry. He is currently the coordinator for the Neighborhood Watch Association and was formerly a Superkids officer with the Educational Services Unit which served the Winston-Salem Forsyth County School System. Officer Costner has been with the Winston-Salem Police Department for 17 years and is one of the Department's General instructors which educates officers on different topics in Law Enforcement procedures. One of Officer Costner's personal goals is to bridge the gap between the community and the police force.



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This session will provide residents with an overview of Recreation & Parks' amenities and programs across the City and how they can get involved.

About the Presenter

Leah Friend is a Certified Recreation & Parks Professional with over 18 years is with the City of Winston-Salem’s Recreation & Parks Department.  As the Assistant Recreation Director she is responsible for the overall activities of community recreation center, direction of special events, out of school programming, and other responsibilities related to providing quality recreation and leisure services to the citizens of Winston-Salem. 

 

Ms. Friend began her career in recreation after completing an internship with the department’s Special Populations Unit (SPU) where she was exposed to diverse community programming for individuals with disabilities.  Upon completion of internship Leah was hired with Winston-Salem Recreation & Parks and focused on youth athletics, inclusive programming, out of school activities, camp for individuals with disabilities, among other activities while working in recreation centers for the first half of her career.  The foundation for quality, meaningful programming for individuals with and without disabilities was set while working at recreation centers and is evident in the practices demonstration in her areas of responsibility.

 

Leah received an undergraduate degree in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism with a major in Therapeutic Recreation and minor in Human Development from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  Ms. Friend returned to school to receive a Master of Business Administration from Winston-Salem State University, and earned a Master of Parks, Recreation, Tourism & Sport Management from NC State.

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