Carrie Miller, NLDP Alumn and Ohio City Inc.'s Director of Neighborhood Services, is helping to coordinate the 2nd annual "Cleveland Community Builders Conference" happening on Saturday, April 29th.  The conference is intended to bring together nearly 500 block club leaders and community builders from across the city to build "commUNITY" capacity in their neighborhoods.   To find out how you can be more involved in the day's exciting conference, contact Carrie at  See you there!
Graduate Collaboration Spotlight:

Ed George

Ed George is a graduate of Cohort VI
and has been consistently engaged in the NLDP Graduate Network, assisting and collaborating with graduates at every opportunity.  

After buying a house in Kamm's Corners in 2005, Ed unwittingly fell into community work after he and his neighbors started meeting to discuss airplane traffic patterns that were impacting their neighborhood.  He quickly got involved with the West Park Airport Committee, and as Ed put it "the rest they say is history."

Ed currently serves on the board of Cleveland Kids' Book Bank, the Northeast Ohio Black Health Coalition's Advisory Committee, Neighborhood Leadership Institute's alumni committee and Policy and Advocacy Work group, as well as a member of Downtown Cleveland Alliance's City Advocates, and active in Cleveland's Open Data and Civic Tech movement. 

"All the things that need doing in our city" is what keeps Ed engaged, but he also stresses the importance of being introspective, practicing self-care and being an active and empathetic listener.  He says, "Knowing yourself, your passions, strengths and weaknesses can help define where you can have the most impact.  It's important to realize this work happening in our community is a marathon, not a sprint."

Ed works to make sure that the efforts that he is involved in are inclusive and "begin with the end in mind."  We are proud to include Ed as a member of NLDP's ever growing Network of engaged community leaders.



Cohort XI Application Period Opens
May 1, 2017

Cohort X Graduation
May 25, 2017 @ Trinity Commons

Cohort XI Graduate Recruitment 
          Mexican Dinner Night
Thursday, June 15th @ Trinity Commons

Cohort XI Application Period Closed
August 1st

"May I stress the need for courageous, intelligent, and dedicated leadership... Leaders of sound integrity. Leaders not in love with publicity, but in love with justice. Leaders not in love with money, but in love with humanity. Leaders who can subject their particular egos to the greatness of the cause."

-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.



Special Congratulations to...

Brenda Metzger for being awarded the Mildred Cephus Legacy Leadership Award from Burten, Bell, Carr Community Development Corporation.

Jeremy Langham  for winning the 2017 Accelerate Citizens Make Change Pitch Competition.

Rhonda McClean for being awarded The Resident of the Year Award by Northeast Shores Community Development Organization.

Tonya Perkins-Stoudermire & Barbara Anderson for being awarded City of Cleveland's "Hometown Hero" Awards as part of the Black History Month Celebration.
Christen DuVernay  for being elected to the Northeast Shore CDO Board.

Darren Hamm for his new position as the Executive Director at Oberlin Center for the Arts.
NLDP Fleece Jackets for Sale!

By popular demand, NLDP is offering its exclusive NLDP Fleece Jackets with embroidered NLDP logo at cost.  $33.63 per jacket includes exact cost of fleece and shipping to your residence.  Contact Sandra Kluk if you are interested at

Coach Alan Seifullah proudly wearing his.


Neighborhood Leadership Development Program works with these important community organizations to help improve the neighborhoods of Cleveland.



Kid's Book Bank

Are you looking to increase opportunities for reading in your neighborhood?  Check out Cleveland Kid's Book Bank!  You can support their work either by volunteering to sort and box books, donate books, sponsor a little free library, provide funding, or help with their wish list.  They can help you and your community by spreading books in your community!

Learn more about how to request books 
by clicking here.

And more about volunteering here.



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Not sure who your coach is 
or how to connect?  
Looking to connect with someone new?

All strong leaders have support...
Get the support you deserve and need!

Contact Diana now at 216-776-6170 or
to get connected with a coach.  

All Graduates receive two coaching sessions a year at no cost.

  Graduate Hook Up Recap

There's nothing like a group of passionate and engaged community leaders together in one place!  It heats up quickly, that's for sure!  Last month, graduates representing ten years of NLDP's cohorts converged at Dunham Tavern for an interesting and energizing networking evening facilitated by NLDP Graduates, Kaela Geschke and Indigo Bishop.

Here are some glimpses of the evening's event...

Graduates Can Cook Too!

At times, it can be hard to believe that NLDP Graduates are involved and skilled in so many different areas!  So when we hear a graduate also has skills in the kitchen, we can't resist sharing a tasty recipe to help build community in Cleveland's neighborhoods!  
Let's get cooking!

This issue's recipe comes from NLDP Graduate:
Farai Malianga

means "yummy"  and is one of Farai's favorite traditional recipe from Zimbabwe
Serves 4-6

*keeps for 7 days in the refridgerator


-3 tablespoons oil
- 2 onions, finely diced
- 2 bell peppers, finely diced
- 2-3 hot chili peppers (such as jalapeno), minced
-2 or 3 garlic cloves, minced
-2 teaspoons curry powder
- 3 tomatoes, diced
- Salt & pepper to taste


1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat.  Add the onions, bell peppers, chili peppers, garlic, and curry powder.  Saute, stirring frequently, until the onions and peppers are cooked down and wilted, about 4 to 5 minutes.

2.  Stir in the tomatoes and bring to a boil.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for about 5 minutes.

3.   Serve with your favorite meal.  Traditionally served with sadza, bread, stews or curries, hot or cold.


What NLDP Graduates are saying about the program...

Meet Christen from Collinwood!



Access the NLDP Graduate Network Directory  here.

Words From One Of 
Our Community Collaborators....

RET3 Job Corps

RET3 Job Corps' Founder, Ken Kovatch is passionate about keeping e-waste out of landfills, and recycling and repairing computers to make them accessible to as many people as possible.  Mr. Kovatch is quoted as saying, "Internet access without a reliable computer is like having a great Interstate highway but no car to get you on the highway."

RET3 works with Cleveland's non-profit organizations, businesses, and academic institutions to securely recycle ewaste with a special focus on "providing those at-risk with the tools to advance their lives and join the digital economy."

Before RET3 existed, Mr. Kovatch was doing this work through the company The Benedict Group.   Mr. Kovatch had an idea that he took to then, Cleveland Mayor George Voinovich.  Modeling after a prison program in California, he set out to start a computer repair program for Ohio Prison inmates.  The first shop opened at Marion State prison where 40 inmates learned to disassemble, sort, clean & refurbish computers and were turning out 3000 refurbished systems the first year.  This was a very successful program that spread rapidly throughout the Ohio Penal System.  The Benedict Group had computer prison repair shops all over the state over an 8 year period.  As the demand increased, prisons were unable to keep up and eventually the programs were dramatically scaled back.  

As he was preparing for retirement, Ken received a call from his old friend and associate, Patrick Holland, then director of the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste district.  Mr. Holland had long known that e-waste was a lingering issue and there was an ever growing need for e-waste organization in downtown Cleveland.  Mr. Kovatch had the knowledge of how to get his initiative off the ground.  In 2003, the RET3 Job Corp was formed as a 501c3 non-profit organization with Ken Kovatch Sr at the helm along with his son Kenny Jr. and longtime friend Laura Gajdos.

In addition to accepting and processing e-waste from businesses and organizations, they also repair them and donate them to various non-profits and schools throughout the greater Cleveland area.

For more information, visit


Want to contribute to the 
next edition of The Change Agent?

Contact Diana Sette,  Graduate Support Manager at for more info.
Building Connections with the Nonprofit Community

Are you looking for free legal support to help you navigate the non-profit process?
Reach Out is an organization that helps nonprofit leaders. Here are some of their upcoming free seminars and clinics that can provide support and advice!

*May 11 - "It's Not an Event or Fundraiser Until Legal Gets Invited" - Legal issues in planning events and fundraising

*August 24 - "The Perks + Pitfalls of Being a Nonprofit Employer" - Legal issues in employment

*October 26 - "Risk(y) Business: Nonprofit Risk Management 101" - Legal issues in risk management and insurance

More info by clicking here.
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