We’re Neighborhood Leadership Institute.
Together we share a common goal—to improve the quality of life for people in greater Cleveland’s diverse communities through grassroots leadership development and engagement.
In the True2U mentoring program, volunteers work with small groups of 8th graders in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District to help the students consider their strengths and interests, create a vision for their future and weigh their high school and post-secondary options so they can set off with confidence down the path to their future.
Mentors are still needed. Do you remember being in the 8th grade? Did you know who you were and what you were going to be, or did someone help you think it through? Just sharing your story with Cleveland students, and being a steady partner along the journey, will have ripple effects for the students and our city, for years to come.
Our flagship program for community engagement, Schools as Neighborhood Resources opens six school buildings for recreation and enrichment programming for all ages.
SNR is the longest-running school-community initiative in Cuyahoga County. It’s a model of school, family and community collaboration that turns schools into community gathering places designed to improve the educational environment and social development opportunities for students and families.
Neighborhood Leadership Institute provides leadership training, resources and development to individuals in Greater Cleveland’s diverse communities. We take pride in elevating an individual’s natural leadership talent. Together we share a common goal—to improve and positively impact our communities through courageous leadership, collective ownership, empowerment, inclusion and accountability.
Neighborhood Leadership Institute partners with agencies and institutions to engage ordinary citizens in change initiatives and to strengthen emerging leaders within their communities with targeted trainings.
As our organization’s Founder, Don Slocum put it, “we serve everyone from G.E.D’s to Ph.D’s.” If you have a desire to sharpen your ability influence your family, your neighborhood, and the world around you, you can find a program here at The Institute that can assist.
My experiences with the Institute have helped me see my neighborhood, and all of Cleveland’s diverse communities, as rich in assets—however untapped. Respecting, polishing, lifting up the individuals and grassroots organizations in our communities is something they specialize in.
As a member of a very early NLC Class, I am amazed and grateful for the learning I received from NLC. The academic, the practical, and applied exposure received through the training continues to enhance me, my family, and my community.
Programs like Schools as Neighborhood Resources, True2U, and The Parent Project build relationships as well as positively impact community residents of all ages. These programs offer positive opportunities for engaging and growing the most important resource in our communities: the people.
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