NEWS RELEASE   1/22/2010

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Flint, Michigan –January 22, 2010 – The City of Flint and the Flint Police Department will host a series of workshops, training residents on how to organize and strengthen their Block Club. The Building Neighborhoods Power Workshops will be held on four consecutive Thursdays beginning January 28, 2010.

Participants will learn: the history of block clubs; the purpose of block clubs; how to prevent crime through neighborhood organizing; effective block club activities; and how to register your block club. “There are dozens of block clubs in the City of Flint and we want to organize many more,” said Flint Police Officer Tanya Meeks. “Block clubs help keep our neighborhoods safe and add value to our community. If you are a member of an established block club, we encourage you to come out and take advantage of this free training and if you want to learn how to organize an effective block club this workshop will provide that information.”

Members of the community are invited to participate in one of the four workshops: Thursday, January 28, 2010; Thursday, February 4, 2010; Thursday, February 11, 2010; Thursday, February 18, 2010. All workshops will run 2 hours beginning at 5:30 and will be held at Durant-Tuuri Mott Community Center, 1430 West University Drive, Flint, Michigan.

Space is limited and participants are asked to confirm their attendance no later than noon on the day of the scheduled class at (810) 237-6926 or
810) 422-0115.

The workshops are hosted by: The City of Flint and The Flint Police Department in partnership with Durant-Turri Mott community Center, Genesee County Land Bank, Salem Housing and the Applewood Initiative for Gardening and Community.


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