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The CCBLA enables all trainees of the community to develop skills and competencies to take greater control of their own lives that also contributes to inclusive local development.

Leadership Academy Equips Memphians With the Tools to Take Control of Their Lives

Southeast Regional Development Corporation (SRDC) has hosted a Community Capacity Building Leadership Academy (CCBLA) over the last five months.

Community Capacity Building Leadership focuses on enabling all trainees of the community to develop skills and competencies to take greater control of their own lives that also contribute to inclusive local development.

The objective of the five-session course has allowed individuals who are invested in South Memphis to learn how to become change agents within their community and utilize their voices to become a catalyst for lasting change.

A group of people participating in a Leadership Academy sitting at desks in a conference room.

The course has provided trainees with the tools that they need to network and present themselves to decision-makers within the Memphis community. 

The course outlook, which included a toolkit providing governance centered around the areas of social determinants of health, education, transportation, food equity, and social justice, met one Saturday a month from July to November from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, including a 30-minute break with a complimentary lunch.

SRDC accepted applications for the CCBLA from the last week of April to the first week of June. There was no cost to apply, nor was there any cost to participate.

To exhibit that those participating have mastered the course, a capstone project presentation is required at the end of the course at the graduation ceremony. The Capstone Project will require small groups of up to four in each group.

SRDC’s panel of judges will then provide a rubric that will measure the successes of the top three presentations. The top three small groups will have the chance to compete for grant funding to make their project become a reality. 

The CCBLA graduation reception will be held on November 19, 2022, at the Hattiloo Theatre from 6 PM – 9 PM.

Not only is this evening the pinnacle of the five-month course, but it is also a night to celebrate the achievements of the participants and for them to present their capstone project presentations. 

A group of people from the Leadership Academy posing for a picture in front of a screen.

The Southeast Regional Development Corporation’s mission is to holistically revitalize urban core neighborhoods through comprehensive redevelopment, resulting in inclusive communities with opportunities for all. 

Founded in the 1990s, SRDC has acquired and developed numerous properties over the decades and continues to focus on redeveloping inner city neighborhoods and improving property values and the quality of life for the residents that live in South Memphis.

You can learn more about the SRDC and its mission here


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