Neighborhood Leadership Academy

About the NLA

The Neighborhood Leadership Academy (NLA) is a six month interactive course designed to equip residents with the knowledge, network, and skills to be effective neighborhood leaders. Participants will learn how to grow and communicate effectively with their associations. 

Topics will include recruiting and retention, board and member roles, mediation, and much more. Participants will also learn all of the valuable resources the City has available to offer neighborhoods.

Classes will be held one weeknight per month, January through June 2019, at venues located throughout San Antonio.

The application period for the 2019 Neighborhood Leadership Academy has closed. Selected candidates will be notified by December 2018.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q: How much does NLA cost?
A: It’s free! However, class size is limited and participants must apply and be selected.

Q: Who is eligible to participate?
A: NLA is going Citywide! Any San Antonio resident who lives within the city limits is invited to apply.

Q: Do I have to be part of a neighborhood association (or commit to starting one)?
A: No, but it is preferred. The Neighborhood Leadership Academy is intended to help neighborhood leaders strengthen new or existing neighborhood associations by developing advanced communication and leadership skills.

Q: Why is there an application process?
A: The Neighborhood Leadership Academy is an interactive and engaging program. In addition to bringing you the best and most knowledgeable speakers, many activities will be facilitated such as panel discussions, and in-class group exercises. Class size is therefore limited to ensure participants have a meaningful experience.

Q: What is the time commitment?
A: Class will be held once a month from January through June. Each session begins with an optional networking mixer from 5:00 – 5:30 p.m. then class begins promptly at 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Selected participants should commit to attending each class.

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