Neighborhood Leadership Academy


The Neighborhood Leadership Academy (NLA) provides in-depth and multifaceted leadership training that emphasizes community building principles and strategies, project planning, organizational leadership and management practices, and personal leadership skills.

Participants are actively involved in their regions, towns and neighborhoods and represent communities throughout Missouri. Academy participants may be neighborhood association members, community leaders, resident volunteers, community-based organization staff, business owners, local government staff, and municipal elected officials.

More than 400 neighborhood and organization leaders have participated in NLA, learning the skills and building the networks necessary to create whole communities.

Through seminars, discussion, and personal community projects that apply tools and principles, participants will learn:

 - Community building principles and strategies

 - Personal leadership skills

 - Project planning and implementation tools

 - Organizational leadership and management practices

During the NLA, participants share and work on a community improvement project for their neighborhood. The following is a sample of their projects:

 - Forming a neighborhood association to encourage more community involvement

 - Proposing and implementing a community garden

 - Developing a church-based community assets assessment

 - Planning and obtaining funding for a neighborhood park

 - Raising funds to endow a school-based youth cultural enrichment program

All participants who successfully complete the program will receive a Chancellor’s Certificate from the University of Missouri St. Louis. Continuing Education Units are also available.

FORMAT: Residents from across Missouri will attend the program in a hybrid format where sessions will be held virtually with some in-person sessions and events. St. Louis residents may choose to attend the program in the hybrid format with statewide participants OR fully in-person with other St. Louis residents.

HYBRID (virtual + some in-person) - Any Missouri resident (50-person max. capacity)

HYBRID CLASS SESSIONS: Every Monday from 6pm to 9pm: September 12 to November 14

IN-PERSON - St. Louis location (20 person-max. capacity)

IN-PERSON CLASS SESSIONS: Every Tuesday from 6-9pm: September 13 to November 15


EARLY BIRD - $290.00 (deadline: Monday, August 22 at 11:59pm)

REGULAR - $325.00 (deadline: Friday, September 2 at 11:59pm)

Full & Partial Scholarships available!

SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE: Friday, August 5 at 11:59pm

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For questions about the in-person course, contact Tasnim Haq at [email protected].

For questions about the hybrid course, contact Elizabeth Anderson, [email protected]

This program is a partnership between the University of Missouri Extension and the University of Missouri St. Louis.

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