October 2019
The Mel King Institute for Community Building offers training and educational opportunities to help build just and inclusive communities. This newsletter contains MKI and partner trainings, upcoming conferences, educational opportunities and resources for further exploration of the field.
Welcome Community Engagement Fellow Bianca Diaz
Please join us in welcoming Bianca Diaz to the Mel King Institute Family! Bianca has been with us a for a little over a month and is already doing amazing work at MKI. During her year long Fellowship through the M.Ed in Community Engagement at Merrimack College, Bianca will be primarily working on the Public Housing Training Program and the Alliance for Racial Equity. We are so excited to have her with us!

Read more about her past experience and her passion for community work HERE.
This past weekend members of the MKI team and PHTP Resident Leaders attended the annual Undoing Racism training in partnership with the Haymarket People’s Fund, Simmons College School of Social Work, and Boston College Lynch School of Education. The transformative training is world- renowned for providing an in-depth overview of racism in America and how it impacts community organizing. One resident leader stated “This training was intense and very much needed, I look forward to applying all I learned to my work with other residents.” There will be a re-group session for those that attended the training on November 7th!
Featured Event
Kendall Square
October 25

This training course will provide participants with an introduction to the basic principles and practices of planning. It is a 101 introductory training that is geared towards people who are not currently practicing planners.

Learn how to review community input, analyze demographic and market data, and formulate recommendations for how a community can meet their planning goals.

November 6

This is a training on the community perspective and experience of urban planning. CDCs and other community groups have a very different role to play in planning than local governments do. While all stakeholders must find common ground across different interests and priorities, community-based organizations must at the same time advance their mission to amplify the voices of low- and moderate-income folks, people of color, seniors, families, etc.

Upcoming MKI Events
  • Cambridge College Small Business Certificate Program - Jan 2020

  • Introduction to Community Economic Development - Worcester, MA

  • Introduction to Census Data - Feb 5

Start Date: November 6, 2019
Location: Urban Edge

Find out more information about the program, how to register, and how to possibly get a reimbursement for the course HERE!

Email Emily Jones (ejones@lisc.org) with any related questions.
Calling all Affordable Housing Organizations!

LISC and the City of Boston , along with co-sponsors Mel King Institute , CHAPA , and NEAHMA , are excited to support a Building Operator Certification (BOC®) Level I course for Boston's multifamily affordable housing maintenance professionals.

BOC helps building engineers, maintenance supervisors, and others in the skilled trades advance their skills and careers in energy efficient operation of buildings. Since 1996, BOC has equipped building operators with the know-how to reduce building-related energy consumption and occupant comfort complaints.
Public Housing Training Program 

This training helps participants handle challenges unique to their particular role as both a resident and a Board Member of a public housing authority. Participants learn about the role of the Board Member, take an in-depth look at budgets and capital improvement plans, and receive a free resource binder. 

Upcoming Training Opportunities:
Partner Events
Community Organizing & Planning

Economic Development

Nonprofit Governance

Racial Equity

Real Estate Development


Application Deadlines

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Do you have a training, conference, or program application you'd like us to promote in our next Newsletter? Send it our way to melkinginstitute@macdc.org .
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Featured Resources
Angela Glover Blackwell; Powered by PolicyLink

To imagine radically, means to think big, demand better, and redefine the terms of the struggle; the Radical Imagination podcast delivers all that. The debut season confronts the challenging issues facing our nation, including immigration, the need for big new economic ideas, the impact of climate change, revolutionary approaches to community safety and justice, and more.
Co-hosts Chevon and Hiba

A podcast that features movement voices, stories, and strategies for racial justice. Co-hosts Chevon Drew and Hiba Elyass will provide you with their fresh takes on race and pop culture, as well as, uplift narratives of hope, struggle, and joy, as we continue to build the momentum needed to advance racial justice.
The National League of Cities brought 20 local leaders from across the US together to create a Housing Task Force. This report is a product of their work and includes an analysis of the factors that caused the housing crisis, case studies from various cities, and recommendations for local and federal leaders.
~ In Case You Missed It ~
Organizers Core Competency Cohort Launch

Last month we brought Community Organizers from MACDC member organizations across the state together to learn about how to use the Organizers Core Competency tools developed by the Mel King Institute and NeighborWorks. This group will get to improve their organizing skills through the Core Competency Chart, Tracking tool, peer learning, and TA sessions.

Check in with us during the Spring of 2020 to see how they are doing!
If you're interested in the Organizer's Core Competency Tools, please email Shirronda Almeida at shirrondaa@macdc.org.
~ What We're Reading ~

Check out this new piece in the Nonprofit Finance series by CLA which discusses how to build better financial reports for you organization.