Wanted: Engaged Community Leaders!
Cleveland's neighborhood leaders are gaining the skills necessary to help the city thrive, thanks to the Neighborhood Leadership Development Program (NLDP). Since 2006, 167 participants from Cleveland and the inner ring suburbs have successfully completed NLDP's intensive leadership training program. The Neighborhood Leadership Development Program was launched by the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation, and is designed to identify engaged, passionate neighborhood leaders and provide them an experience that enhances their leadership skills and supports their work over time.
Currently, NLDP is recruiting for its next cohort of engaged leaders who want to move their neighborhood forward. The program expects between 20 and 22 participants per year selected from a pool of over 90 resident applicants.
Applications are currently being accepted for NLDP Cohort X and are available to City of Cleveland and inner ring suburban community leaders who are working in a neighborhood of Cleveland. Applications must be received by 5pm on August 1st. Applications are available at www.NLDPCleveland.com.
"A significant part of Cleveland's future depends on the strength and vitality of its neighborhoods," said NLDP Program Director Michael R. White. "The Neighborhood Leadership Development Program identifies, engages and trains community leaders working to improve their neighborhood. Through an intensive, 15-session program over the course of nine months, NLDP develops skills and abilities that will benefit its participants, their neighborhoods, and the City for years to come."
Additionally, every NLDP participant and graduate is partnered with a trained, professional coach who supports the maximization of their personal and professional potential through self-initiated change. Coaching support is tailored to the needs of the individual participant or graduate. NLDP has also created a Graduate Network. The NLDP Graduate Network is comprised of engaged leaders who have graduated from NLDP's leadership training curriculum and are using their skills every day to bring positive changes to their community. Graduates use the network to aid them in successfully reaching their community improvement goals. NLDP Graduates also receive ongoing skills-building experiences every year after their graduation.
NLDP began in 2006 with the intention of helping current and emerging Cleveland neighborhood leaders who are determined to make a positive impact on their communities. The work and interests of NLDP graduates embody the idea of neighborhood quality determining the success of the City of Cleveland. NLDP graduates build and maintain community gardens, and work in community development organizations. They support homeowners going through foreclosure, and build playgrounds for children. NLDP graduates are community activists who either work, volunteer, or do both in their communities.
NLDP participants and graduates are working throughout Cleveland's neighborhoods and have ranged in age from 22 to 65. Their interests and pursuits are similarly diverse. NLDP graduates maintain community gardens, like Tanya Holmes in Fairfax & Central, and organize their communities and bring residents together around important issues of the day, like Krissie Wells in Ohio City. These NLDP Graduates enrich their communities through arts and culture like Alan Seifullah with Sankofa Arts in University Circle. They advocate for housing rights like Rebecca Kempton in the Clark Fulton community.
NLDP Graduates Discuss the Neighborhood Leadership Development Program
"The greatest gift anyone can give you is hope. NLDP opens your mind to a greater level of possibilities and gives you confidence that you, as an individual, can make a difference in the future of our communities. NLDP provides the tools and leadership training to empower you to make it happen."
- Ilinda Reese - Glenville
"NLDP taught me the power of networking with other people and organizations ... it helped me to see other community assets that could work together. I automatically know that when I meet someone else who has gone through the NLDP program that I'm dealing with a committed community member and I know they care. That's a good feeling." - K.C. Petraitis - Collinwood
"NLDP is an awesome mix of passionate students, great classes and workshops and amazing coaches who affirm us as we are, while nudging us to become all we might become. It helps us to be more effective by pushing us to ponder and build on our strengths and to partner with people ... Brick by brick, NLDP is laying the foundation for a revitalized, reinvigorated city." -Nozomi Ikuta - Cudell
The NLDP Recruitment Period is May 2nd to August 1st at 5:00 pm.
NLDP is a program of The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation.