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 first Academy cohort, running from September 2019 - August 2020. The Academy will meet once a month. 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 4 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 mid-August. Applications are reviewed by a panel of city staff. Acceptance notifications are sent in late August. The deadline for the 2019 Academy has passed. 2020 Academy application link and session schedule will be available next summer.


Sessions will be held on the third Thursdays of every month (no session held in December), 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 21st                                Thursday, May 21st
No December meeting                           Thursday, June 18th
Thursday, Jan. 16th                                Thursday, July 16th
Thursday, Feb. 20th                                Thursday, Aug. 20th

For more information or questions, contact Steven at 972-208-8150 or