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Real Estate Co-Powerment Series Continues to Grow with 18 New Graduates!

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Please join us in celebrating the graduates of the 6th Real Estate Co-Powerment Series! 18 more passionate individuals now have valuable real estate knowledge and a support network that enables them to become active and meaningful participants in their community’s revitalization. We can’t wait to see what you do!

The 6th cohort of the Real Estate Co-Powerment Series held their graduation ceremony on Thursday, October 24th during our 3rd Annual Healthy Neighborhoods Celebration. Puntuacted by cheers of friends, family, and other supporters, each of the 18 graduates walked across stage to accept their certificates for completing the educational course. Paron Bey, one of the Fall 2019 graduates, also provided a testimonial about his time participating in the course and shared the ways in which the series prepared him for future opportunities.

“To anybody that is trying to take it [the course] in the future, you’re definitely going to get a lot out of it and it will definitely be beneficial to your future in real estate.” – Paron Bey, Fall 2019 graduate

Each year, as the Real Estate Co-Powerment Series continues to grow, we are continually proud to help create opportunities for residents, community-based organizations and other local nonprofit partners to connect with others who have similar interests and find ways to collaborate on big ideas, new real estate projcts, and community development work. Convening this diverse group of people means that more community members are able to access the necessary knowledge to be part of their neighborhood’s revitalization. In fact, since the course’s beginnings, over 35 development properties throughout the region have been purchased by graduates of the series.

“The Real Estate Co-powerment series was a great opportunity…Not only did you get great knowledge and ideas, but you meet great people and [have] great experiences.” – Michael Hillman, Fall 2019 graduate

Please join us in congratulating all participants of the Fall 2019 course:

Qiyam Ansari, Paron Bey, Diane Ford, Tika Good, Wanda Marie Hill, Michael Hillman, Mikeya Johnson, Juan Lacey, Robert Marks, Justin, Louis Murrell, Tracey Reaves, Nicole Grier, Michele Rice-Kirkwood, Jermaine Smith, Michelle Thompson, Swain Uber, Joy Pekar, Layla Williams

88 individuals from 27 neighborhoods have participated in the series, and we plan to continue growing our network! Registration for the 2020 Cohort is now OPEN. The series will be held in the Uptown neighborhood and will run from February 4th through March 19th. 10 spots are reserved for Uptown residents, while 15 additional spots are available for the broader community. Register now to secure your spot!

About the Real Estate Co-Powerment Series

The Real Estate Co-Powerment Series is an education platform co-created by Neighborhood Allies and Omicelo Cares designed to demystify the real estate development process, explain its associated terminology and bring to light the productive role community members and organizations play in real estate and economic development in their own neighborhoods. An overarching goal of the series is to shrink the technical proficiency gap that exists between real estate developers and community leaders that are involved in local development projects. We hope to create long-term, working relationships between private developers, real estate experts, community based organizations, business owners and active community members so that residents can be involved in the development happening in their communities.

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