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The Center for Progressive Leadership(CPL) is an organization that aims to bring about change to places that are politically weak or neglected. The CPL achieves success through extensive training programs. According to the CPL, “Our programs utilize a variety of techniques, including interactive workshops, mentorship, leadership coaching, field work and peer networking and support.”
These programs are designed to increase one's ability to communicate effectively, shape management techniques, develop campaigning and fund-raising skills and facilitate the importance of strong core and moral values.
Strawberry Mansion's own Haile Johnston is the Pennsylvania State Director for the CPL's Pennsylvania office. He lives on the corner of 31rd and Montgomery Ave. Johnston took part in the 2007 CPL fellowship, which is a nine month program. Johnston says, “I believe in improvement and revitalization of communities through investment in and development of the existing resources of that community.” He has proven that his desires are obtainable when he helped to start a non-profit organization called the East Park Revalidation Alliance. As acting director, he tries to spread a message of environmental awareness and preservation.