The Neighborhood Leadership Institute of Summit County, presented by the Akron Area YMCA, United Way of Summit County and GAR Foundation, is seeking participants for the session beginning in February.
Currently in its 8th year of success, the Institute is a community collaborative designed to increase grassroots leadership. The goal is to identify, train and empower Summit County residents, allowing them to promote positive changes in their own community.
The cost for the program is $600 per participant. Scholarships may be available for individuals who can show need. Applications are now available at www.uwsummit.org.
Those enrolled will begin on Feb. 27, followed by a two-day retreat on Friday and Saturday, March 3 through March 4.
These gathering as well as the remaining 12 classes, will take place throughout Summit County, with class times from 5 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays.
Participants will learn a wide variety of skills, including how to serve as an advocate for their families and communities, how to find and use resources and how to work with government agencies and social service providers. These individuals will also gain insight on community development, coalition-building, how to assess their neighborhood and their own potential as leaders.
The end result of the program is not only more experienced and skilled leaders, but also safer, more beautiful and more empowered neighborhoods.
Other organizations involved in the sessions include: Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority; Akron-Summit Community Action, Inc.; Akron Urban League; City of Akron; East Akron Community House; Leadership Akron; Perkins Street Area Action Group; Summit 2020: Quality of Life Project; County of Summit Executive’s Office; Summit County Department of Job & Family Services; The University of Akron; University Park Alliance; and University Park Development Corporation.