The Department of Neighborhood Services and Community Development is accepting applications for the Neighborhood Leadership Institute. The Neighborhood Leadership Institute is designed to strengthen leadership in the community by providing training to leaders and potential leaders of neighborhood associations and neighborhood-based groups.
The Neighborhood Leadership Institute boasts 107 graduates since the program’s inception in 2007. Participants leave the program armed with strengthened skills and new partnerships, officials said. Classes will begin with an orientation in June and end with a graduation ceremony in October.
Applicants must meet the following selection criteria in order to be eligible:
Applicant must be a resident of the city of Chattanooga.
Applicant must be committed to being a leader in their neighborhood and the overall community.
Applicant must be an active member of a neighborhood association or neighborhood-based group, or in the process of starting a new group inside the city limits of Chattanooga. A neighborhood association or neighborhood-based group is defined as a voluntary group of residents and/or property owners who advocate for common concerns or organize activities within defined neighborhood boundaries.
Applicant is required to submit one personal recommendation and one professional recommendation. A personal recommendation can be submitted by, but not limited to, a church leaders, educators, and volunteer supervisors. A professional recommendation can be submitted by, but not limited to, current or former job supervisors, co-workers, members of professional organizations to which you may belong.
Applicant is required to be interviewed by an independent selection committee.
Applicant must attend a minimum of 7 of 9 classes and complete required assignments.
Applicant must complete a project and present project to an independent selection committee in October.
Applicant must submit a completed application and supporting documents to be a considered participant of NLI.
For a complete listing of NLI’s eligibility requirements and the application, please visit the city’s website at http://www.chattanooga.gov/neighborhood-services/department-programs.
The deadline to submit an application for NLI is Friday, April 19, at 4 p.m. There is no fee required to submit an application or participate in NLI. To request an application or learn more about NLI, contact Lauren Lowery at 425-3718 or firstname.lastname@example.org.