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This month, Neighborhood Leadership Institute kicks off its Community Book Club! We invite members of the community to join us as we read and discuss books addressing important issues in today’s society. On June 30th, we’ll host our first virtual club meeting on Zoom. GiGi Elder and Annie Morino will facilitate the meetings and we’ll discuss a new chapter each week. Our first book is The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. Participants are expected to have read chapter 1 by June 30th. We anticipate that interested friends will obtain their own copy of the book (paper, online, etc). However, NLI has secured a limited number of copies and can make them available to those unable to purchase a book at this time. Interested in joining the Community Book Club? Please contact Michelle Broome at 216.658.1358 or michelle@neighborhoodleadership.org. Weekly Zoom meeting links will be sent to you once you have signed up. You can REGISTER FOR THE BOOK CLUB here. ...

Hello All, Over the past four years it has been my pleasure to be a part of the Neighborhood Leadership Institute experience. NLI is a special place defined by working collectively, with the goal of building a better community. For those who are graduates of Neighborhood Leadership Cleveland, you are part of a network that has utilized this unifying, collective approach to build, and contribute to countless initiatives, organizations, events, etc. that have had a tremendous impact on our region. While a shared, unifying effort is key to reaching our goals as a community, and will remain so; we have to begin our work toward this goal with the reality that life simply does not present an equivalent set of challenges for everyone in our community. On behalf of the Institute, I express our sadness concerning the death of George Floyd. He was the victim of an unjust act, and that act occurred in a system that far too often does not render justice in cases such as these.  The video recordings of his treatment, and the subsequent protests that followed in our community and across the nation, remind us that horrific acts like this are impacting brown and black skinned citizens at an alarming rate. The majority of individuals in this country have the luxury of relying on systems that they believe will work ultimately in their best interest. Unfortunately, African Americans and people of color have not experienced this luxury.  Conversely, the weight of racial injustice is one that is too familiar to African-Americans, who for generations, have lived with the stark reality that systems - criminal justice, healthcare, education, etc. - have not only been structured to mete out results that are not in the best interest of our community, but have been weaponized to halt progress. This latest incident of police brutality has stoked the flames that have been burning deep within us for decades. The Minneapolis officers’ actions were visibly clear,...

The True2U staff and mentors were sad that their time with CMSD 8th graders was cut short due to COVID 19 restrictions. They enjoyed getting to know the students and discussing their plans for the future. NLI created a web platform for the True2U mentors to offer congratulatory and inspirational final thoughts with their students.  All comments, which are organized by school name, can be found here - https://neighborhoodleadership.org/true-2u/true2u-mentor-messages/  ...

Friends of NLI, Please note and understand that we are committed to the safety and well-being of our community. In keeping with the ever-evolving information and guidelines concerning the Coronavirus health crisis, we are encouraging our staff to work remotely. Our staff’s health is a top priority for the Institute and this measure is best for them, their families and the community. While our physical office space may be empty at times, our organization will continue to operate at full capacity. Staff and stakeholders will remain connected through electronic means, texts and phone calls. As previously communicated, large meetings and community convenings are suspended for the foreseeable future. Please stay engaged with NLI staff. Knowing the difficult circumstances and significant challenges our community is facing, we are still here to assist wherever possible. We will continue to post organizational updates on our website’s “News” section and via social media. Thank you for your understanding. Stay safe! Kevin McDaniel, Executive Director Neighborhood Leadership Institute...

March 12, 2020 Dear friends of NLI, As you are aware, our community and country is facing a health crisis with the spread of coronavirus. As each day passes, we learn more about the symptoms, spread and potential harm that this illness brings and we evaluate the impact that it can have on our program participants. We feel it is important to adhere to the advice provided by experts and take the necessary precautions in order to preserve our individual health, as well as the community’s overall health. Like many other community organizations and institutions, NLI is suspending some of its activities. As an organization that convenes the community, including individuals of varying ages and vulnerabilities, we want to be mindful of everyone’s health. The safety and well-being of our NLI family is our top priority. On behalf of the NLI Board and staff, I encourage you to maintain healthy practices for your own benefit, as well as for our entire community’s benefit. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention provides some helpful information on how to help stem the spread of coronavirus. I hope that you review it, practice it, and share with your network. Please note the following important updates pertaining to our programs and various activities: UPCOMING MEETINGS: March 12 - Community Leadership Council meeting – CANCELLED March 13 – NLC Alumni Networking – CANCELLED March 21 – Community Baby Shower – POSTPONED; New date TBD March 31 - 44128: One Community Meeting – CANCELLED NLI PROGRAMS: Neighborhood Leadership Cleveland – All operations SUSPENDED until April 2. Neighborhood Leadership Cleveland Alumni - All activities SUSPENDED through April. True2U – March 19th mentoring session is still scheduled, but UNDER REVIEW. Check our website for updates. Parenting Project – All classes CANCELLED until further notice. Schools as Neighborhood Resources – Activities will continue; Program ends March 19th. 44128: One Community – All activities SUSPENDED through April. 44137: One Community – All activities SUSPENDED through April. If you have any questions concerning upcoming meetings or NLI programs, please do not hesitate...

Neighborhood Leadership Institute publishes its e-newsletter once a month. Friends, residents, community members, program participants and alumni are encouraged to stay engaged with NLI and share any important information with us so we can share with the entire NLI network. Copies of recent newsletters will be archived here on this page. If you do not receive the newsletter, please sign up here....