Neighbor Leadership Academy

NLA Logo_PNG_ColorThe City of Fort Lauderdale’s Neighbor Leadership Academy pdf (NLA) builds community by educating neighbors about various city functions and equips them with leadership skills to become effective neighborhood leaders.


The Neighbor Leadership Academy is a program designed for neighbors to learn more about the City and develop their leadership skills during five consecutive weeks.  The next session of the Leadership Academy is set for Wednesday, October 4, 2017 through Wednesday, November 1. Each cohort will include up to 20 neighbors who are either new to civic engagement or have been actively volunteering in their neighborhood or with the City. At the end of the program participants will receive a Certificate of Completion and be officially recognized before the Fort Lauderdale City Commission. To take learning into action participants will complete a community service project at the end of the program.


March – April 2017 

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Participation Requirements

To be considered for the Neighbor Leadership Academy you must be:

  1. Be at least of 18 years of age
  2. Be a resident of the City of Fort Lauderdale
  3. Be willing to commit to five consecutive Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Apply Online!

To participate in the next Neighbor Leadership Academy, please complete the application by September 8, 2017.


Workshops will take place on Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at George English Park.  Topics include:

  • City Structure and Leadership Assessment
  • Ethics, Parliamentary Procedures and Team Building
  • Navigating the City's Budget and Effective Decision Making
  • Community Engagement and Volunteer Recruitment
  • Fort Lauderdale's Future and Relationship-Building Strategies