City of Topeka looks to build better neighborhood leaders

TOPEKA, Kan, (WIBW) -- Dozens attended the second Topeka Neighborhood University Tuesday.

“You can gain some experience on how to really get volunteers and how to get people engaged and involved in neighborhood cleanup and neighborhood community building,” LaToya Martinez with the Neighborhood Relations Department.

Attendees of the one-day training included people of many different backgrounds.

“It’s building that unity between city officials, the police department, and the community members,” Instructor of the training James Johnson with Sun Consulting said.

Johnson used interactive activities to engage the group and help them learn to work together to increase engagement within their own communities.

“This is an opportunity to get to know each other and to build themselves as one in the neighborhood,” Johnson added.

Many organizers said the first step to improving your community is getting to know your neighbors.

“Find a way to get involved. Really get to know your neighbors and people around you. And really let’s build Topeka up and lets you know bring the community together,” Martinez said.

The city plans to host another neighborhood leaders training later this year.