Neighbor Leadership Academy

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The 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 application period is now closed and will reopen later this year.


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 will be March 7, 14, 21, 28 and April 4, 2018. 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.

 Neighbor Leadership Academy Class 2 - 10
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Thinking of joining? Here is what our alumni had to say...

 "The Neighborhood Leadership Academy has been a fantastically well-organized program that helps to develop stronger everyday leadership skills and a better understanding of our local city and how it functions.  I would recommend this to anyone that lives in our city.” – John Mulroy

 “The Neighbor Leadership Academy provides information on the various city departments. How they function and provide services to the neighbors. The Academy also teaches the tools necessary to improve your own leadership skills, and how to use them and encourage and develop leadership in others. This encourages stronger neighborhood leadership, and in partnership with the city, we, "Build Community"!” – Dennis Ulmer

Participation Requirements

To be considered for the Neighbor Leadership Academy you must :

  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 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Apply Online!

The application is now closed and will reopen later this year.


Workshops will take place on Wednesdays from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 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

Neighbor Leadership Academy Exit Survey

 After each workshop, NLA participants are encouraged to provide feedback through the Neighbor Leadership Academy Exit Survey. If you are a current participant, please click this survey link to access the survey.