Neighborhood Leadership Institute

The Neighborhood Leadership Institute (NLI) is an annual 13-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 application deadline for the 2023 Institute is April 7. Click here for an application

For further information, contact Verletta Jackson at 937-333-3288 or email.

2023 Neighborhood Leadership Institute Flier

NLI 2023 Schedule


Session Name
Date Location
Kick Off / Getting Your Feet Wet Tuesday, April 25, 2023 @ 5:30 p.m. Sinclair Community College
Discovering Dayton: Its History & People Tuesday, May 2, 2023 @ 6:00 p.m. Carillon Historic Park
City Hall: Behind the Scenes
Tuesday, May 16, 2023 @ 6:00 p.m. City Hall Commission Chambers
Responding Not Reacting to Conflict Tuesday, May 23, 2023 @ 6:00 p.m. One Stop Shop
The Criminal Justice System Thursday, May 25, 2023 @ 5:30 p.m. Municipal Court Building
The World of Planning & Public Works Tuesday, May 30, 2023 @ 6:00 p.m. Goodwill Easter Seal
Tour of Dayton's Neighborhoods Saturday, June 3, 2023 @ 8:00 a.m. Job Center, RTA
Educating Our Future Dayton Public Schools Tuesday, June 6, 2023 @ 6:00 p.m. Dayton Public Schools
Partnering for Neighborhood Success Tuesday, June 8, 2023 @ 6:00 p.m. West Branch Library
Cultural and Racial Harmony Tuesday, June 13, 2023 @ 6:00 p.m. Southeast Branch Library
Presentation Skills for Community Leaders Tuesday, June 15, 2023 @ 6:00 p.m. Central State University Dayton Campus
Promoting Your "Hood" Tuesday, June 20, 2023 @ 6:00 p.m. DATV
Group Project Presentation Thursday, June 22, 2022 @ 6:00 p.m. Sinclair Community College
Dinner and Graduation Monday, June 26, 2023 @ 5:30 p.m. Sinclair Community College
Snacks available from 5:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. before most classes.

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