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Neighborhood Leadership Fellows is an advanced leadership training program of UMSL, MU Extension and the St. Louis Promise Zone-St. Louis Economic Development Partnership.

The mission of Neighborhood Leadership Fellows (NLF) is to increase and amplify the voices of North St. Louis City and County residents at the civic decision-making tables in order to produce more equitable regional policies for neighborhoods. The primary geographic focus area is neighborhoods within the St. Louis Promise Zone due to the well-documented need for more targeted investment. Learn more about the St. Louis Promise Zone.

What to Expect

Neighborhood Leadership Fellows is a nine-month advanced leadership training for community leaders.

The Neighborhood Leadership Fellows provides hands-on training emphasizing:

Educational Workshops on policies, new research and innovation that promote equitable neighborhood development (housing, education, economic development, public safety)

Tactical Trainings on communication, followability, organizing

Positional Power Trainings for boards, commissions, committees, and public office

Collaborative Learning through dialogue, discussion, and presentations among fellows and experts

Mentoring and Networking with other civic leaders and peers

Neighborhood Leadership Fellows is a highly selective program for residents from the St. Louis Promise Zone.

If you are interested in NLF but live outside of the Promise Zone, we welcome your registration for Neighborhood Leadership Academy, our flagship leadership program for the entire St. Louis region. More information.

Individuals selected to participate in Neighborhood Leadership Fellows will receive a stipend and UMSL Chancellor's Certificate in Civic Leadership.

For questions, contact Dwayne James at jamesdt@missouri.edu

Neighborhood Leadership Fellows is generously supported by Missouri Foundation for Health.



Claire Rippel