South Side Neighborhood Leadership Academy

SS NLA logoA unique leadership program designed to equip residents with the
knowledge and tools to become agents of change on the South Side!

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Applications open in January and are due in March

Our Vision:
The South Side is a vibrant community, with rich diversity and a strong history. The South Side Neighborhood Leadership Academy equips participants with the relationships, knowledge, skills, and abilities to help the South Side continue to thrive. Upon completion of the program, graduates will use what they have learned to achieve transformative change in South Side communities. We seek participants that aspire toward a safe, opportunity-rich South Side that maximizes diversity, builds relationships, secures and advances current residents, all while maintaining the unique fabric of the community.

Program Summary:

-The South Side NLA requires a commitment of approximately 40 in-class hours (10 leadership sessions) over a period of seven (7) months (May through November)

-The program culminates in the launch of an ongoing a community-based, team project designed to propel transformative change in your neighborhood.

-The learning opportunities will be designed such that participants benefit from a good balance of traditional, classroom-based learning with highly-engaging experiential learning opportunities that include, yet are not limited to community tours and field trips.

Participant Criteria:

Successful candidates will be those who:

-Possess an earnest desire to serve as an agent of change in their neighborhood.
Believe their communities are already rich with assets and in pursuing positive change, believe building upon these existing assets is the first place to begin.

-Are passionate about building new sets of skills, gaining access to new tools, and building relationships for the purpose of achieving transformative change in their neighborhood.

-Value diversity amongst their neighbors, safety in their community, and a commitment to maintaining the existing fabric of their community.

-Are willing to become a member of the South Side NLA alumni group at the conclusion of the academy to help future emerging leaders successfully complete future academies.

-Open to any adult (age 18 and older) residing within the 43205, 43206, or 43207 zip codes who aspire to bring positive and productive change to their neighborhoods.

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For additional information, contact Dr. Katelin Hansen, 614-954-2427 ex.24 or

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