Dedicated to Surrounding Children with Safe, Stable, Supportive Environment, Collaborate PASadena Enters a Busy September

Published: Tuesday, September 5, 2017 | 5:51 AM

Collaborate PASadena, whose core vision is that the children of Pasadena, Altadena and Sierra Madre all grow up in a safe, stable and supportive environment, will have a busy month this September.

On September 12, the fall session of the Collaborate PASadena Neighborhood Leadership Institute begins, with the mission to engage, educate and prepare service-oriented individuals who live, study and/or work in Pasadena, Altadena or Sierra Madre for leadership roles in community organizations, neighborhood associations, schools, places of worship, and the City government.

The CPNLI is a 10-session program for those who wish to become more involved in the community. Training sessions occur every Tuesday from 6 to 9 p.m. at various locations around the community.

CPNLI used to be run by the City of Pasadena’s Neighborhood Connections Office, but when the office closed in early 2017, it was not clear how the 17-year-old Institute was going to be carried out. Fortunately, Collaborate PASadena will continue the program in its proven, successful format, with sessions to last until November 14. ?

Among the topics that will be taken up during the sessions are Civic Participation, Project Planning, Cross Cultural Relations, Running Effective Meetings, Finding Your Authentic Voice, Strategic Planning and Problem-Solving, Effective Communication, Public Speaking, Group Conflict and Consensus Building, and Recruiting, Motivating and Sustaining Volunteers.


Dinner and Spanish language interpretation are provided at each session.

Applications for the CPNLI will be accepted until September 8. For more information call (626) 714-7670.

On September 18, the Collaborate PASadena Neighborhood Summit happens at La Casita del Arroyo, at 177 South Arroyo Blvd. in Pasadena, from 5:30 to 8 p.m., with the theme “Celebrating and Bridging Our Communities.”

The summit is an opportunity to share the story of your neighborhood’s strengths and challenges, It’s also a chance to learn from specialists about how you can make your neighborhoods caring, safe and fun places to live.

Topics for the round table discussion include: Communicating with Your Neighbors in the 21st Century, What You Can Do to Help Your Neighborhood School Thrive, Follow the Leader – What it Takes to Lead Your Neighborhood Group, Having Fun in Your Neighborhood/Connecting with Your Neighbors, Using Surveys to Find Out What Your Neighbors Really Think, and Why Including Everyone is Good for Everyone.

Also, learn how to can engage and energize your neighborhoods to take action.

The summit will feature games, food and prizes.

Space is limited so reserve your seat at the table by calling (626) 714-7670 or emailing

For more information about Collaborate PASadena and its activities, visit .