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 2022 Institute is April 11. Click here for an application

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

NLI 2022

NLI 2022 Schedule


Session Name
Date Location
Kick Off / Getting Your Feet Wet Tuesday, May 3, 2022 @ 5:30 p.m. Sinclair Community College
Discovering Dayton: Its History & People Thursday, May 5, 2022 @ 6:00 p.m. Carillon Historic Park
City Hall: Behind the Scenes
Tuesday, May 10, 2022 @ 6:00 p.m. City Hall Commission Chambers
Responding Not Reacting to Conflict Thursday, May 12, 2022 @ 6:00 p.m. One Stop Shop
The Criminal Justice System Tuesday, May 17, 2022 @ 5:30 p.m. Municipal Court Building
The World of Planning & Public Works Thursday, May 19, 2022 @ 6:00 p.m. Goodwill Easter Seal
Tour of Dayton's Neighborhoods Saturday, May 21, 2022 @ 8:00 a.m. Job Center, RTA
Educating Our Future Dayton Public Schools Tuesday, May 24, 2022 @ 6:00 p.m. Dayton Public Schools
Partnering for Neighborhood Success Thursday, May 26, 2022 @ 6:00 p.m. West Branch Library
Cultural and Racial Harmony Tuesday, May 31, 2022 @ 6:00 p.m. Southeast Branch Library
Presentation Skills for Community Leaders Thursday, June 2, 2022 @ 6:00 p.m. Central State University Dayton Campus
Promoting Your "Hood" Tuesday, June 7, 2022 @ 6:00 p.m. DATV
Group Project Presentation Thursday, June 9, 2022 @ 6:00 p.m. Sinclair Community College
Dinner and Graduation Monday, June 13, 2022 @ 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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