Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Leadership (MAL)




Leaders in 72 neighborhood groups recognized by the Minneapolis Community Development Agency were surveyed to test four hypotheses. Neighborhood leaders were expected to be white, middle or upper-income, college graduate, homeowning, women and not representative of Minneapolis residents. This proved valid except the number of men and women was equal. Respondents were expected to have become and stayed involved in their group over concern for property values and safety, this was partially true, other reasons were given. Neighborhood leaders were expected to report concern over the time needed for their group and to list burnout as the main reason they would leave; this was validated. It was predicted neighborhood groups would not have active training programs, that very individuals participated in training, and that this was a concern. This proved valid although neighborhood leaders might not consciously associate lack of training with their group's problems.


SC 11.MAL.1996.Anderson.SA