NLDP Graduate  Hook-Up Night  Coming Soon!

NLDP is planning it's first ever Graduate Hook-Up Night. Graduates from Cohorts I to IX will have the opportunity to network with each other, seek aid from one another and do a little good old community kibitzing with food added in. Two NLDP graduates Indigo Bishop and Kaela Geschke will be our facilitators for the evening. NLDP Graduate Hook-Up Night will be held on Tuesday, February 28th from 5:30 to 8:30 pm at Dunham Tavern.

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Graduate Collaboration Spotlight:

Birthing Beautiful Communities

Birthing Beautiful Communities (BBC) includes several Graduates of NLDP, and is doing extremely important work for the city of Cleveland and the region.  In the words of NLDP Grad Christin Farmer, BBC is a "commune of birth workers working to prevent and reduce infant mortality through culture, education, advocacy, support and engagement."  NLDP Graduate Christin Farmer was introduced to two other NLDP Graduates: Imani Allen, first, and then Verna Darby who reached out to Christin.  Both Imani and Verna are NLDP Graduates as well who were interested in being community birthworkers.  Christin describes how they all started working together  "without any of us knowing that we all went through NLDP.  What a wonderful surprise, and very telling of the NLDP mission. We have been working together for over a year now, saving babies one mother at a time."  NLDP has supported the graduates collaborative work with their recent baby wrapping workshop, that supports the early bonding process with babies.

NLDP is so proud of their collaborative work to support communities from an inter-generational and dynamic approach.  You can learn more about their work as it was featured as part of this summer's The Fixers project by clicking here.



NLDP Graduate Hook -Up Night
February 28, 5:30 - 8:30 pm @ Dunham Tavern

Cohort XI Application Period Opens
May 1, 2017

Cohort X Graduation
May 25, 2017

"It is true that integrity alone won't make you a leader, but without integrity you will never be one."
-Zig Zagler


New Jobs for Grads!

Shares Jones  
Director of Shelter Services at 
Domestic Violence 
& Child Advocacy Center

Krissie Wells
Grantwriter, College Now


Special Congratulations to...

Stephanie Pope & Michael Cristoff for being named Crain's "Forty Under 40."

Indigo Bishop for her appointment to the board of Policy Matters.

Delesia Robison for the publication of her new book,

Loretta Gray elected President of the Cuyahoga County Section of National Council of Negro Women, Inc.


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



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


The New NLDP Website Has Launched!
After many months of hard work, we are excited to present to you NLDP's new and improved website.  We feel it provides a deeper and more comprehensive look at our Curriculum program, Who We Are, what Graduate Supports we provide, and Graduates in the News.  We hope you like what you see in the new photos, videos, and content.  Feel free to Contact Us to let us know what you think!

As always you can find it at

Check out this new video
about NLDP!

C ommunity Organizing Recap

Every year graduates in the NLDP Network get together to build capacity in a specific area, whether it is through building a new skill or sharpening an old one.  This year, NLDP's Graduate Capacity Building Session focused on Community Organizing skills.  

For some it was role playing, interacting with the rest of the group, or learning about new tactics that were the highlights.  A few words from our  graduates about the session...

"An actual real life experience that enabled me to digest the materials more fully."

"The power mapping was most satisfying to me.  I never knew how to find the stakeholders."

 "The role play made it real."

"The information was and is enriching and quite timely."

"Once again, I've learned so much about what I thought I already knew."


Words From One Of 
Our Community Collaborators....

Foundation Center Midwest

Who We Are: 

Based in Cleveland, Foundation Center Midwest is the premier regional resource for information on the social sector for grantseekers and the philanthropic organizations that fund them.  

What We Offer:
  • Books, training classes, and electronic resources designed to help individuals decide whether or not they want to start a nonprofit organization, and how they go about it, including a free Nonprofit Startup Assessment Tool:

  • One-on-one free assistance in finding potential grant funders using our Foundation Directory Online resource.  This is possible at our main location in Playhouse Square (1422 Euclid Avenue, Suite 1600-in the Hanna Building) -and at over twenty other locations in northeast Ohio alone (See

  • A slate of free trainings each month that can help nonprofit professionals write grant proposals, work with their board, plan their fundraising strategy, and manage their programs.  We also have regular informal networking opportunities with nonprofit professionals  and grantmakers. See our calendar of trainings here:

Foundation Center Midwest helps grant seekers and philanthropy meet community need, improve neighborhoods and be a catalyst for change. Get in touch with us!  You can visit Tuesday-Thursday, 9:30-4:30am, call 216-861-1933 x325, or send us an email at   

For more information, visit


Access the NLDP Graduate Network Directory  here.


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

Contact Diana Sette,  Graduate Support Manager at for more info.
NLDP Graduates Making a Difference

Over the course of 6 months, three NLDP Graduates, Kaela Geschke, Indigo Bishop, and Gwen Garth led a community based initiative  to design a mural addressing race with a  group of residents and stakeholders adjacent to East 22nd Street in the Central neighborhood.  The mural was installed by participants and community members on the walls of the E. 22nd St. Bridge separating Downtown Cleveland and the Cedar-Central neighborhood.  During the design process, twenty participants coming from various backgrounds met bi-weekly to engage in intentional conversations about race while co-creating a collective vision of a unified community.    Participants were recently awarded  The Leadership Award  at the Campus District Annual Meeting.

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