Neighborhood Leadership Academy

Program Purpose

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:

  1. Assessing Strengths and Gaps
  2. Marketing
  3. Community Organizing and Resident Engagement
  4. Finding and Using Your Community’s Assets
  5. Taking Action
  6. 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

Eligibility Criteria

  • 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.