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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.

Neighborhood Leadership | True2U Mentoring | Community Health | Youth Engagement


NLI seeks new Executive Director

The Board of Directors of Neighborhood Leadership Institute is pleased to offer the job posting for Executive Director of the organization. After forming a Search Committee and engaging Janus Small & Associates to assist with the search process, the Board surveyed hundreds of NLI stakeholders and NLC alumni to gather input that would help develop this job description. The Board takes this responsibility extremely seriously and is committed to a transparent, comprehensive and inclusive process to select the very best candidate for this position. 


NLI’s 2023 Community Priorities Survey

You are all aware of the many issues and challenges our community faces on a daily basis, and we applaud your efforts in being an engaged and informed resident. NLI wants to remain engaged with you and seeks your input on some of our community’s most pressing issues. We are offering a survey to gauge what issues you, our audience, deems important when it comes to our community’s long-term health and well-being. After reviewing responses from our audience, which includes over 1,300 Neighborhood Leadership Cleveland graduates, NLI will follow up with a variety of efforts in 2023 centered around the issues deemed most important by you and fellow NLI supporters. This same process resulted in NLI’s Wellness Initiative in 2022. Take the survey!


Connecting with Cleveland’s Future Leaders

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.

Schools As Neighborhood Resources:

Building Youth and Families from the Ground Up.

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.

Community Engagement

Building Leaders from the Ground Up

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.


Our network of more than 1,800 grads builds community from the ground up.

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