ABCD Institute Training: An Intro to Asset-Based Community Development

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Metro Baptist Church


410 W 40th Street

New York, NY 10018

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The ABCD Institute at DePaul University is proud to present a 2.5 day basic training event that introduces the core principles and applications of Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) in the context of local geographical communities. Presentations and discussions will occur in light of current conversations about equity and social justice and will enable participants to think deeper about responses to these challenges. This training offers an optional half-day site visit for an additional fee.

When: Monday, November 11 - Wednesday, November 13
Day 1: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Day 2: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Day 3: 9:00am - 12:00 pm

Where: Metro Baptist Church
410 West 40th Street
New York, NY 10018

Who Should Attend People who seek an introduction to ABCD in the context of local geographic communities. Though not a requirement, experience shows that the effectiveness of the training is greater when more than one person from the same organization attend together. This training may also serve as a “refresher” opportunity on ABCD basics for others who are already somewhat familiar with the approach.

Workshop Leaders The course will be led by four experienced ABCD Faculty members affiliated with the ABCD Institute at DePaul University - Melissa Browning (Atlanta), Robert Francis (Connecticut) and John Zeigler (Chicago). Bios of each of the leaders can be found by clicking on their names or photos below.

Melissa Browning

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Robert Francis

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John Zeigler

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Registration Fee $695 for the 2.5-day training event. An "early bird" discounted fee of $625 is for those who register by October 11, 2019. A limited number of partial scholarships are available and will be reviewed through
an application process.

To obtain a partial scholarship application, please email Kim Hopes at

Registration includes lunch days 1 and 2, coffee/tea and materials but not lodging. A list of local accomodations can be found below under FAQ's

An optional half day on-site visit: with Metro Baptist Church to learn about their ABCD work can be added for $35.00. Site visit will occur Wednesday afternoon following the workshop (lunch included).

Accessibility For questions about accessibility or to request accommodations please contact Matthew Lyon at two weeks advance notice will allow for appropriate planning.

Arrangements via video streaming may be made for participants who cannot attend in person due to caregiver responsibilities. Upon request, event organizers will strive to provide onsite child care or a list of local child care providers who can be engaged during the event and lactation spaces will be made available for breastfeeding mothers. Participants requesting this support will be connected so they can share child care.



Please arrive on Monday, November 11 by 8:30 am for registration. We will begin promptly at 9:00 am.

What are my transportation options for getting to and from the event?

LaGuardia - 9.7 miles
JFK - 17.1 miles
Newark - 18.2 Miles

Tips on arriving by plane:

  • Ride shares available at all 3 airports.

  • Taxi: Standard fare is $56 from JFK to Manhattan, without tip.

Alternative travel from Airports to Metro Baptist Church

  • ERW - Newark International: Likely the fastest commute, travel is roughly 45min from ERW to PENN.

  • LGA - Laguardia: likely the least expensive and least convenient for those unfamiliar with NYC transit. Requires bus ticket purchased prior to boarding the M60-SBS either to desired subway connection (no transfers without “unlimited” pass). This option requires at least one transfer.

  • JFK - John F Kennedy International: Convenient but long (1hr+) ride abroad A train towards “Inwood."

  • At ERW and JFK, a free air-train shuttles you around from terminal to terminal. To leave the system, there is a $5.50 cost, which includes a return. EWR has special airport commuter tickets that include this fare plus cost or rail to PENN. JFK, likewise, allows provides MTA subway cards that include Skytrain fare.

No matter the airport, your destination will always be “42nd Street/PENN station”.

Local Public Transportation options:

Metro Baptist Church is located at 410 W. 40th St. (between 9th and 10th Avenues) in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan. The building is steps away from the Port Authority and Times Square/42nd St subway stations. If arriving from New Jersey, we are located at the end of the Lincoln Tunnel. For specific directions use the the MTA Trip Planner or Citymapper.


PENN STATION: Serviced by both Amtrak and New Jersey Transit. Check websites for fares and times.

GRAND CENTRAL TERMINAL: Served by Metro North, ideal for those traveling in from upstate New York and Connecticut.

ATLANTIC TERMINAL: Serviced by Long Island Rail Road, providing connection throughout Long Island.


Port Authority Bus Terminal: a massive hub for nearly all buses into NYC, is located minutes from Metro baptist by foot (literally the southwest corner of terminal).

Bolt Bus: Various curb-side drop-off’s. Some more convenient than others, depending on departure location.

Chinatown busses: Often low-fare options can be found. Confirm final drop-up location and coordinate with ABCD host team.

Subway: Fare is 2.75 per swipe in turnstile.

42nd Street Port Authority is the nearest station. Trains to this station are: A,C and E trains. This connects to Times Square Station via pedestrian tunnel.

Time Square Station (1,2,3, N,Q,R,W, 7, plus Shuttle to Grand Central Station).

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

For questions, email onsite coordinator Matthew Lyon at or contact Kim Hopes at 773-325-8344.

What are some local hotel accomodation options?

Metro Baptist Church is offering a limited number of shared hostel style accomodations with hall bath and shower for $30.00 per night per person on a first come first serve basis. Please contact their housing coordinator, Brittani O’Connell, at if you are interested in this option.


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