Neighborhood Leadership Academy

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Change takes place in communities when residents take responsibility for and participate in their own initiatives for positive change. However, certain skills are necessary for those initiatives to be successful. A Flagship project established the Neighborhood Leadership Academy (NLA) to address this need for a skill-based leadership program.

NLA is targeted to current and emerging grassroots leaders in neighborhoods throughout Anne Arundel County, providing residents of Anne Arundel County communities with skill-based leadership training. NLA helps participants become adept in leadership roles by focusing on improving skills such as effective communications and building consensus. It is the only program of its kind in the state of Maryland.

If you are ready to assume personal responsibility for improving the quality of life within your community in Anne Arundel County, then APPLY TODAY. Experience our non-traditional teaching approaches that will nurture and develop your leadership skills. Typically, NLA runs from January to June.

Components of Neighborhood Leadership Academy 2019

Neighborhood Leadership Academy (NLA) provides “grassroots” leadership training for individuals who are interested and committed to improving the quality of life in the county’s neighborhoods and communities with essential information and leadership skills.

NLA participants are trained to identify and assess community needs; to work with, engage and lead other citizens; and to better understand and gain access to existing resources and decision-makers affecting their communities.

NLA 2019 Program Overview

Session Topics:

Participants meet for 6 sessions (3 weekday nights/3 Saturdays) over 6 months to develop their leadership skills and understanding of the following topics:

  • Communicating effectively
  • Understanding leadership
  • Assessing community needs
  • Appreciating diversity
  • Developing and accessing resources
  • Managing finances
  • Building communities through partnerships and collaborations
  • Familiarizing with local governments

Dates: 2019

Session 1 – Saturday, January 19, 2019 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Session 2 – Thursday, February 28, 2019 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Session 3 – Saturday, March 30, 2019 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Session 4 – Thursday, April 25, 2019 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Session 5 – Saturday, May 18, 2019 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Session 6 – Thursday, June 13, 2019 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

TRIBUTE (Graduation)  Monday, June 24, 2019 Time TBD

Dates: 2020: TBD

How You Can Participate:

Approximately 15-25 people are selected each year to participate in the Neighborhood Leadership Academy.  Tuition for participants is paid through grants and support for local businesses and organizations.

Application and Selection:

To apply, please call the LAA Office at (410) 571-9798 or contact us at

NLA participants are selected based on their sincere concern for the county, and on their commitment to make a difference in their community.