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The Jeffersonville Neighborhood Leadership Institute (JNLI) completed its fourth class on Thursday evening, June 13, with a graduation ceremony to which past institute attendees, Jeffersonville Neighborhood Leadership Alliance (JNLA) members, city representatives and family and friends of graduates were invited.
Michael McCoy, a professor from the the University of Louisville, completed the teaching of this fourth class at the Ken Ellis Center in Jeffersonville. The participants were given certificates and a “thank you” for a job well done, but in reality, their city and neighborhood participation is just beginning.
Graduates will continue to work on neighborhood projects, including the development of new neighborhood organizations in those neighborhoods not already represented. Over the next weeks, these projects will be highlighted in Neighborhood News.
WATHEN HEIGHTS LEADERSHIP PROJECT DRAWS RAVES
JNLI graduate Veronica Eastwood from Jeffersonville’s Wathen Heights Subdivision demonstrated her leadership skills and civic pride with the presentation of her five-part project at the latest leadership institute. The Wathen Heights subdivision in Jeffersonville’s East Side is a square area bounded by Ray, Regina, Virginia and Bennett Streets and contains Wathen Park.
Ms. Eastwood divided her project into five steps and has already completed step one. The process began with a door-to-door campaign in Wathen Heights to notify neighbors of the “meet and greet your neighbor” event held June 11. More than 50 neighbors attended the event, with the group even drawing a few neighbors from nearby neighborhoods of Wathen Ridge and Cherokee Terrace.
Len Ashack, director of the Jeffersonville Sewage Department, gave neighbors an update of sewer construction in the area. In addition, a landscape contest was held in the neighborhood and the winner will be entered into the citywide contest to represent Wathen Heights.
Future steps are: 2. Participate in National Night Out this year; 3. Form a neighborhood association; 4. Install a surveillance camera at Wathen Park; and 5. Install sidewalks in the subdivision.