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Building Blocks believes that the activation, development, and support of resident leaders is key to sustainable and equitable change in the community. 


Further, Building Blocks believes that residents already possess the skill set necessary to be a change maker and leader on their street.  Our goal is to identify the gifts and skills of residents and inspire them through action and peer-learning to utilize those gifts.

The Neighborhood Leader Academy brings residents, community members, and staff together in our programs to provide facilitation and training which cultivates individual and collective resident leadership towards deep and lasting transformation in Kalamazoo’s neighborhoods.

Building Blocks offers unique leader development opportunities in each of our programs. Training is facilitated by staff, residents, and other community partners.  

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