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Welcome to the NEN

The Neighborhood Empowerment Network’s Empowered Communities Program (ECP) leverages a community development approach to advance a neighborhood’s disaster resilience.  By fusing together methods such as human centered design, collective impact and experiential leadership development, we’ve created a program that empowers neighborhoods to craft and implement culturally competent strategies that strengthen their capacity to negotiate times of stress and protect the health and well-being of all residents, especially the vulnerable.


The mission of the NEN’s Empowered Communities Program is to align the expertise, resources and capacity of our partner organizations to develop tools, programs and methods for community partners to leverage as they build stronger, more connected neighborhoods.

Our Programs

At the core of the Empowered Communities Program are a growing suite of programs and resources created for, and in partnership with, our community partners.

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Our Tools & Resources

Communities are always looking for new tools and resources to increase their capacity to advance their pursuit of resilience. The NEN is committed to creating a one stop shop for developing new assets and inventorying existing ones.

Our Events

The NEN believes that convening people together is an essential step in building true resilience. The NEN supports a broad suite of events that bring together stakeholders from all sectors to elevate and celebrate this work.


Our Blog

The field of resilience is expanding everyday and a key generator for innovation is this space is the injection of new ideas and approaches. Our blog is a place where our community can elevate its voice.

NEN in the Media

As the disasters become more frequent and pervasive, the media is paying more attention to initiatives like the NEN. Check out some of the coverage here…

Voices of Resilience

The NEN has had the pleasure to travel all over the world to engage communities about their efforts to recover from disaster and be more resilient. Here their stories here.


Sign Up for Our Newsletter

If you want to stay in touch and learn more about the NEN’s work as well as the progress of our communities, sign up for our newsletter here…

Follow Us

We’re in the field almost everyday, engaging communities about the mission of resilience. Follow us in real time on social media.

Become a Partner

If you’d like to learn more about the NEN, its mission and how you can contribute then contact us here and let’s connect.

Neighborhood Empowerment Network is a cross sector cohort of city-wide resident leaders, community & faith based organizations, city agencies, private sector stakeholders, academic and philanthropic institutions that align their expertise, programs, technical and financial resources to advance the development of tools, resources and methods that empower communities to strengthen their capacity to advance their resilience goals.