Neighborhood Leadership Academy
The Neighborhood Leadership Academy is a free program developed to support and enhance neighborhood groups looking to make a greater community impact. The Academy is open to active voluntary HOAs, Neighborhood Associations and Crime Watch groups. About 4-5 voluntary neighborhood groups will be selected to become the Academy cohort, running from October 2020 through September 2021. The Academy will meet once a month on the third Tuesday. Neighborhood groups will work together to identify a neighborhood project and be encouraged to collaborate between scheduled sessions.
During this period, Academy members will learn about:
- Assessing Strengths and Gaps
- Community Organizing and Resident Engagement
- Finding and Using Your Community’s Assets
- Taking Action
- and MORE!
In addition, members will have the opportunity to:
- Receive support from an assigned Neighborhood Planner
- Network with other neighborhood groups
- Take advantage of mentoring opportunities
- Build support and prepare for a community-driven project
- Be a voluntary neighborhood group
- Have a minimum of four active volunteers or members
- Be committed to attend all scheduled workshops (minimum of two neighborhood representatives at each meeting)
- Be registered with the Neighborhood Services Database
Application Review Process
Applications for the Neighborhood Leadership Academy are accepted mid- July through August 31st. Applications are reviewed by a panel of city staff. Acceptance notifications sent by mid-September.
Sessions will be held on the third Tuesday of every month (no session held in December), 6 to 8:30 pm for all in-person sessions, and 6 to 7:30 pm for all virtual sessions. Participants should expect for Fall 2020 sessions to be virtual, with 2021 Sessions to include a mix or in-person and virtual sessions subject to change due to Covid-19 restrictions.
For more information or questions, contact Wendy at 972-208-8150 or via email.