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Neighborhood Leadership Academy

Neighborhood Leadership Academy

“How can I affect change? It has to start with one person.” – Ms. Ruthie Tate, NLA 2013 graduate

What is the Neighborhood Leadership Academy?

The Neighborhood Leadership Academy (NLA) at Savannah State University brings together established and emerging leaders from diverse segments of the community to enhance their leadership skills with a focus on advocacy, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills. Graduates will be prepared to strengthen the positions of those who are underserved or unrepresented in the community and will be asked to serve as resources to Step Up and other community organizations.

The syllabus and approach have changed as training facilitators have learned from each new group of participants, evolving in response to critical evaluation and participants’ feedback. This organic approach to leadership training has kept Step Up’s approach fresh even as it draws heavily from a range of well-established tools and critical thinkers in the field.

When and where is it?

NLA is a 12-week program hosted at the Savannah State University (3219 College St, Savannah, GA 31404.) The weekly evening classes begin in September. At least one Saturday morning session is also required.

What is the cost?

NLA is offered at no cost to participants, but requires both a time and service commitment. There is a small stipend for participating in the program. Participants will only receive the stipend if they attend all of the classes.

Who should apply?

NLA is open to adults who wish to broaden their understanding of community issues and develop effective advocacy skills. After completion of the training, participants should be willing to commit to an increased level of responsibility within our community such as service on a Neighborhood Association, or another organization’s board of  directors or working with a group that will plan and  implement programs that will serve the residents of the community.

Read about one person’s experience with the Neighborhood Leadership Academy here. 

Learn more about graduates of the program by reading past participants’ biographies, which you may download here.

Interested in our next session? Download this application.

You may submit the application by e-mail, fax, or mail, or hand deliver it to:

Step Up Savannah, Inc.
Attn: Neighborhood Leadership Academy
428 Bull Street, Suite 208
Savannah, GA 31401

Fax: (912) 401-0341

Email: Rebecca Elias –  relias@stepupsavannah.org

Questions? Call (912) 232-6747