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Neighborhood Leadership Cleveland



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Class 40 is underway! Learn more about this leadership program by downloading the NLC brochure for your reference, here. Sessions for Class 40 began in January 2024 and graduation will take place in June 2024.

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Curious about Neighborhood Leadership Cleveland? Watch this video to get a sense of how this leadership training program has become so important to our community and why the 1,300 alumni continue to remain engaged.

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The application for NLC Class 41 will be available Fall ’24.

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Class participants may make online payments to cover the program fees for Neighborhood Leadership Cleveland. Click here to access NLI”s PayPal payment page.

Neighborhood Leadership Cleveland (NLC) is our flagship program for grassroots leadership development. Entering its 29th year, NLC begins in February and lasts through through June 8th, and is presented in partnership with the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University.

We’re proud to welcome both new and experienced leaders who want to gain confidence, learn skills, and use their voices to actively participate in effecting change. Participants will come away from the class with a deeper sense of their own purpose as leaders, a greater appreciation for the assets of their neighborhood, and a lifetime connection to the Institute’s network of more than 1,300 other grassroots leaders. Together, we share a common goal—to improve the quality of life for communities in Greater Cleveland through collective leadership and engagement.

Course Overview 
NLC is a 16-week course held February through June. Classes are held on Thursday evenings from 6-9 p.m., with dinner served at 5:30 p.m., and include a leadership retreat, group projects, coaching, and neighborhood tours. Sessions will be a combination of virtual and in-person gatherings.

Key components of the class include
• Finding your strengths, values and leadership style
• Cultural & political history of Cleveland
• Discovering tools and resources
• Understanding systems of power
• Managing conflict and change
• Power and privilege

Leaders are equipped with the skills of building relationships, effective communication, team building, leading groups, framing and presenting ideas, project development, goal setting and how to create change. We discuss the fundamentals of self-awareness, ethics, community organizing, government and system structures, policy and advocacy, equity vs. equality, research and funding for projects, and how community leadership impacts all of these.

Application Process
Applications for Class 41 will be available Fall ’24. Access the application from this page, or contact Michelle if you require a different option. Completed applications will be reviewed by a committee made up of NLC alumni and Institute staff, who will then interview applicants. Candidates will be selected based on the strength of their application, recommendation letters, interviews, and such criteria as demonstrated neighborhood involvement, willingness to learn, and commitment to the program.

For more information, contact Michelle Broome by phone at 216-658-1358, or via email,