Neighborhood Leadership Institue | Community Engagement
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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 and emerging leaders within their communities with targeted trainings.

Community engagement & facilitation
The Institute partners with agencies interested in collecting authentic, feedback from community stakeholders. Our extensive alumni network helps promote participation, and select alumni trained in facilitation guide the process under staff direction.

Community Book Club
In response to local and national events concerning social injustices, NLI introduced its Community Book Club in 2020. Launched during the COVID-19 pandemic, this reading and discussion group meets virtually to address racial and social injustices. The Club, which is facilitated by NLC alum GiGi Elder, continues to add a new book to its programming every one to two months. Hundreds of individuals have participated in NLI’s Community Book Club.

Training the Engagers
The Institute understands the power of authentic community engagement and has a long track record of success in transferring this knowledge and facilitating groups to consensus. We work with community partners to train staff and stakeholders in how to deeply engage the perspectives, gifts and assets of their target audiences.

For more information about facilitation services and community-specific trainings, contact Michelle Broome by phone, 216-658-1358 or email,