MARCH 2023

The Board of Directors of Neighborhood Leadership Institute (NLI) is pleased to share that Trevelle Harp has been named the new Executive Director of the organization. He will begin on April 3, 2023 and lead the organization’s efforts encompassing neighborhood leadership, community health, True2U mentoring and youth engagement. States Trevelle, “I have always believed that a community’s greatest asset is its people. Throughout my career, I have passionately adhered to that philosophy and look forward to continuing that focus at Neighborhood Leadership Institute. As an NLC graduate, I am excited to be back with the NLI community and am honored to build on the legacy that the organization and its past leaders have created.” Click here to read the full announcement.

Neighborhood Leadership Cleveland's Class 39 is well underway. NLI is always happy to welcome new participants and looks froward to graduation in June when they are added to our growing roster of alumni. But recruitment for this trusted neighborhood leadership training program is ongoing. Click below to check out the new Neighborhood Leadership Cleveland promotional video and please share with any neighborhood leaders that you think should be part of a future class! See the video.


We are pleased to invite you to the Community Book Club's 15th book offering! The club will be reading Under the Skin: The Hidden Toll of Racism on American Lives and on the Health of our Nation by Linda Villarosa. Over 400 community members have contributed to ongoing dialogue on social justice and important topics since NLI began the Community Book Club during the pandemic in 2020. We now invite you to join us for this topic on April 18th as we begin Under the Skin discussions. The group will convene weekly on Tuesdays until May 9th. Guests will participate in discussions led by NLI facilitator GiGi Elder. Participants should be ready to discuss the Introduction and Chapters 1 & 2 at the first session.  Register here.
College Now Greater Cleveland is seeking 200 volunteers with a college degree to mentor college scholarship recipients starting in the 2023-2024 academic year. Students are from Northeast Ohio and are receiving a College Now or a Say Yes Cleveland scholarship.
As a mentor, you email your mentee twice a month and meet or connect virtually three times a year. Mentors provide advice, guidance, and support to students, many of whom are first in their families to attend college. Such a small investment of time pays huge dividends – College Now students graduate at nearly twice the rate of their peers nationally!

When you become a mentor, you join more than 2,000 other Northeast Ohio professionals from over 500 employers working to change outcomes for individual students, break the cycle of poverty in Cleveland, and invest in our future workforce. Be someone who matters to someone who matters – mentor!

By signing up today, you can help ensure that these ambitious students have the support they need to succeed! Apply here by April 1st to get started and be considered for a match in summer 2023. Once your application is complete, a staff member of College Now will contact you about the next steps. Contact Nicki Price ( or 216.635.0268) for more information.
NLI's Schools as Neighborhood Resources (SNR) program is winding down for the year. Thank you to all of the participants, facilitators, instructors, site managers and facility hosts. we truly cherish the opportunity to provide a variety of out-of-school activities for participants of all ages across the city.

Also, please note that Summer Tennis is coming! Dust off those rackets and stay tuned as the summer schedule for this popular program will be announced soon!

The NLI Community Health Team has already hosted one "sold-out" Drive-Through Diaper Distribution event this year and is gearing up for another. Registration will open soon for an April 12th Diaper Drive. Begun during the pandemic, these events are very popular among new and young families. NLI partners with other community organizations to provide information, referrals, and valuable goods needed by expecting Moms and Moms with newborn babies. Stay tuned as more information will be released soon. Also note that a Community Baby Shower is planned for May. Check here for registration links:

Did you see the feature on News Channel 5 covering our BRAVE Mentoring program? In collaboration with Partnership for Safer Cleveland, we are looking for volunteers for this new pilot program which is helping to keep students invested academically, emotionally, and socially. “These kids have gone through the pandemic and situations that most of us adults didn't experience in the same way,” said Caroline Brennan, Senior Program Coordinator at Neighborhood Leadership Institute. The program, BRAVE Engagements, addresses Behaviors, Relationships, Actions, Values, and Emotions. It focuses on students in fourth and fifth grade. Currently, BRAVE is in four CMSD schools and is led by mentors. Each in-class session builds on the other and starts with a focus on healthy relationships. Then, students go on to learn how to recognize and manage emotions, self-leaderships skills, conflict prevention, and resolution, and how to resist peer pressure.

We have more videos for NLC! Above, you saw the new promotional video for the Neighborhood Leadership Cleveland program. We also have the video recording for the Class 38 graduation. Here you can watch the whole ceremony, including remarks from Cleveland Mayor Justin Bibb. Additionally, we have a poem from NLI staffer Nailah Muhammad that she read for Class 38.

Enjoy these videos:


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