Greenville Dreams’ Grassroots Leadership Development Program welcomes 18 graduates

GREENVILLE, S.C. — Greenville Dreams welcomed its eighth graduating class of neighborhood association leaders from the Grassroots Leadership Development Program during a special ceremony Monday night at United Way of Greenville County.

Greenville Dreams works in partnership with United Way of Greenville County, the City of Greenville and the Greenville County Redevelopment Authority to educate and deploy neighborhood leaders from special emphasis neighborhoods in Greenville County. These neighborhood association leaders focus on facilitating positive community changes through resident-centered neighborhood development. Greenville Dreams works directly with neighborhood association leaders to help build on the strengths and assets already present in their neighborhoods while providing training and peer support in the areas of problem solving, successfully managing and leading a neighborhood association, planning and goal setting, deploying available resources and effective communications skills.

The Grassroots Leadership Development Program has trained more than 120 community leaders in Greenville County over the last seven years. The program meets once a month for five months, with sessions covering leadership style, creating a neighborhood vision, advocacy and public policy at the community level, strategies to leverage volunteers and engage youth, and best organizational practices for success.

“It is inspiring to see the commitment from so many in our community to building vibrant neighborhoods within Greenville County,” says Meghan Barp, President and CEO of United Way of Greenville County. “We are so proud of the work being done through the Grassroots Leadership Development Program to develop leaders in our community.”

To participate in the next leadership program, contact United Way of Greenville County Partner Relations Manager Channing Banks at cbanks@unitedwaygc.org or 864.331.2991.