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.

Want to learn more before applying? Attend an information session at a time convenient for you. Click here to sign up for an information session.

Apply Today

Residents are invited to submit applications between October 1-31, 2018.

Click here to apply now.

If you prefer to complete the application by hand, click here to download a hard copy. Applications completed in hard copy form may be submitted to the NHSD office at 1400 S. Flores, c/o Neighborhood Engagement.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q: How much does NLA cost?
A: It’s free! However, class sizes are limited.

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. Please make sure you can meet this time commitment prior to applying.

Q: This is awesome! How can I tell a friend?
A: Share a link to our Neighborhood Leadership Academy webpage and encourage your friends to apply.

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