The Neighborhood Leadership Institute trains residents in Summit County’s diverse communities to improve quality of life through grassroots collective engagement, advocacy and action. Presented by Akron Area YMCA and United Way of Summit County, this unique partnership program is in its seventh year.
The Institute begins in February with an orientation and a two-day retreat. The ten classes that follow are held on Thursday evenings through March. A Saturday bus tour of Summit County neighborhoods is a highlight of the curriculum. Class members also complete and present group projects.
Classes cover a variety of topics ranging from criminal justice to communication and engagement. Institute participants learn a wide variety of skills including how to serve as an advocate for their families and communities, find and utilize resources and work with government agencies and social service providers. Participants will also gain insight into community development, coalition building and how to assess their neighborhood and their own potential as leaders.
Other organizations partnering in support of the program are: Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority, Akron-Summit Community Action, Inc., Akron Urban League, City of Akron, Perkins Street Area Action Group, County of Summit Executive’s Office, Summit County Department of Job and Family Services and The University of Akron.
Up to 24 men and women representing neighborhoods throughout Summit County each year participate in the program. The cost for the program is currently $600. Scholarships may be available.
For more information contact Devoe Johnson at 330.643.5511 or by email.