How will you connect? 

If you have the passion and the promise to make your community better,  The Neighborhood Leadership Institute is the your next connection.

The Neighborhood Leadership Institute, operated by the Akron Area YMCA, trains residents in Summit County’s diverse communities to improve quality of life through grassroots collective engagement, advocacy and action. Participants will also gain insight into community development, coalition building and how to assess their neighborhood and their own potential as leaders.  Through a carefully designed program, you will work with our area's top business, social, education and community leaders to get the ins/outs of their areas of focus and, most importantly, make the connections necessary to advance the causes in your neighborhood.

But, it takes commitment.

Beginning with a 2-day retreat in March, classes will be held through May, on Thursday evenings, at various locations throughout Summit County.  There, you will share a meal and ideas in sessions that last about 3-hours. A bus tour of the neighborhoods will occur on a Saturday.  The 2019 schedule and curriculum can be downloaded here.


Applications are currently being accepted!

Contact John Hafford II  330.784.0408 ext.2627 (office)
Johnh2@akronymca.org with any additional questions.



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Akron Area YMCA
50 S. Main Street, Ste. LL 100
Akron, Ohio 44308
(330) 376-1335