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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 NEWS

Community Book Club: The Conversation

NLI’s Community Book Club is hosting another offering of its book reading and discussion group! The book is “The Conversation: How Seeking and Speaking the Truth About Racism Can Radically Transform Individuals and Organizations” by Robert Livingston. Dates: August 23 – September 27; Tuesdays from 7:00 – 8:00 pm. Previously, hundreds of community members have contributed to ongoing dialogue on social justice and important race-related topics. We now invite you to join us for this topic on August 23rd as we  begin discussions. The group, which is open to everyone, will participate in discussions led by NLI facilitator GiGi Elder. 

NLI NEWS

NLI’s 2022 Wellness Initiative continues!

The Institute issued its first annual Community Priorities survey in December 2021. Our organization has responded to the community’s input with new programming that is aligned with the Eight Dimensions of Wellness. NLI is offering a variety of events and activities related to the Dimensions of Wellness over the remainder of 2022. We will also promote related activities hosted by trusted community partners. Click here to learn more about improving your wellness and to discover our continually updating schedule of events. 

True2U

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.

Alumni

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

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