The Neighborhood Leadership Institute (NLI) is an annual 12-week program that trains Dayton residents for current or future leadership opportunities in city communities. Workshops are held at various locations and presentations cover topics such as Dayton’s history; the role of City government, the criminal justice system and cultural diversity; skill-building components such as public speaking and small-group dynamics; and a bus tour of Dayton neighborhoods. Class members also complete field assignments to expand their knowledge of Dayton, City government and the community at large.
NLI offers the opportunity to meet and talk with government officials and other decision-makers. It encourages participants to develop a citywide perspective and establish a network of activists across the City.
The program has four objectives:
To broaden the participants’ understanding of the community;
To expand the pool of skilled neighborhood leaders;
To encourage and assist the establishment of networks among neighborhoods and their leaders; and
To enhance the ability of neighborhoods to resolve problems on their own or in cooperation with other neighborhoods and/or institutions.
Completed applications for the next Neighborhood Leadership Program must be returned to: City Hall, 101 W. Third Street Dayton, Ohio 45402, and email to [email protected].
When all applications have been reviewed, those considered for final selection will be invited to a personal interview with the selection committee. The committee will look for those persons who have demonstrated a personal commitment to the community or neighborhood and who have the time to give toward neighborhood service.
Committee will seek a group of about 25 people who represent a balance of men and women from different geographic, career, educational, social and cultural backgrounds. The committee is composed of established
neighborhood and community leaders. You must be a resident of the City of Dayton in order to apply.
There is no charge for participation in the program. Your cost is the time and effort you spend. The program consists of 14 evening and/or Saturday sessions over a three-month period. Classroom and/or workshop sessions are held at
various locations related to the session topic. Presenters include current neighborhood, business, and government leaders. Each participant must attend all of the sessions in order to be certified as having completed the program. In
addition, outside field assignments are required.
In addition to the knowledge, skills and experience you gain, the completion of this program qualifies participants for one credit hour (VOL 190) at Sinclair Community College. The real returns, however, are the contributions you make
to your neighborhood and to Dayton. Your efforts will make a difference and help our city to grow today and tomorrow. Leadership is, after all, a gift to your community – a gift of your skills and your time.
For further information contact Verletta Jackson at 333-3288 or [email protected].