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 2018 Tentative Schedule


Session Name
Date Location
Kick Off / Getting Your Feet Wet March 1, 5:30 p.m.
Patterson Homestead
 Knowing Yourself (Part 1)  March 6, 6:00 p.m.  Sinclair Community College - Business Solution Cener
 Knowing Yourself (Part 2) March 8, 6:00 p.m. Sinclair Community College - Business Solution Center
Discovering Dayton: Its History and People March 15, 6:00 p.m. Carillon Park
City Hall: Behind the Scenes March 22, 6:00 p.m. City Hall Commission Chambers
Neighborhood Development March 29, 6:00 p.m. Dayton Cultural and RTA Transit Center
Tour of Dayton Neighborhoods March 31, 8:30 a.m. Start at Cultural and RTA Transit Center
The Criminal Justice System April 5, 5:30 p.m. Municipal Court Building
Cultural and Racial Harmony April 12, 6:00 p.m. Gary Haines Children Center
Mediation and Facilitation April 14, 9:00 a.m. City Hall - 6th Floor Training Room
Educating Our Future April 19, 6:00 p.m. Dunbar Early College High School
Presentation Skills for Community Leaders May 3, 6:00 p.m. Central State University - Dayton Campus
Partnering for Neighborhood Success May 10, 6:00 p.m. Westwood PreK-6 School
Promoting Your 'Hood' May 17, 6:00 p.m. DATV
Group Project Presentation May 24, 6:00 p.m. Sinclair Community College
Dinner and Graduation May 31, 5:30 p.m. Sinclair Community College