Neighborhood Leadership Institute

The Neighborhood Leadership Institute (NLI) is an annual 12-week program that trains Dayton residents for current or future leadership opportunities in city communities. Workshops are held at various locations and presentations cover topics such as Dayton's history; the role of City government, the criminal justice system and cultural diversity; skill-building components such as public speaking and small-group dynamics; and a bus tour of Dayton neighborhoods. Class members also complete field assignments to expand their knowledge of Dayton, City government and the community at large.

NLI offers the opportunity to meet and talk with government officials and other decision-makers. It encourages participants to develop a citywide perspective and establish a network of activists across the City.

For further information contact Verletta Jackson at 937-333-3288 or email.

NLI Resources

NLI Cover 2014

NLI 2016 Tentative Schedule


Session Name
Date Location
Kick Off / Getting Your Feet Wet March 2, 5:30 p.m.
Old Courthouse
Discovering Dayton: Its History and People March 9, 6 p.m. Carillon Park
City Hall: Behind the Scenes March 16, 6 p.m. City Hall Commission Chambers
Neighborhood Development March 23, 6 p.m. Dayton Cultural and RTA Transit Center
Tour of Dayton Neighborhoods April 1, 8:30 a.m. Start at Cultural and RTA Transit Center
The Criminal Justice System April 6, 5:30 p.m. Municipal Court Building
Cultural and Racial Harmony April 13, 6 p.m. Gary Haines Children Center
Mediation and Facilitation April 22, 9 a.m. One Stop Center
Educating Our Future April 27, 6 p.m. Dunbar Early College High School
Presentation Skills for Community Leaders May 4, 6 p.m. Central State University - Dayton Campus
Partnering for Neighborhood Success May 11, 6 p.m. Wright Bros. PreK-8 School
Promoting Your 'Hood May 18, 6 p.m. DATV
Group Project Presentation May 25, 6 p.m. Sinclair Community College
Dinner and Graduation June 1, 5:30 p.m. Sinclair Community College