Cohort XII Recruitment Coming Soon...
Application Opens Tuesday, May 1st 

It's hard to believe but... the NLDP application period for Cohort XII begins next week! As many of you know, NLDP identifies engaged community leaders and trains them to be change agents in order to make a greater impact on the communities they serve. Participants learn through an intensive 16-session program ov er the course of eleven month s. Ses sions are le d by facilitators who are experts in their field and participants are supported by trained, professional coaches who assist in maximizing  their personal and professional development. NLDP Graduates receive ongoing support through the Graduate Support Program and continued Graduate Coaching.
The applicatio n period for Cohort XII of NLDP opens Tuesday, May 1st and applications must be received no later than 5pm on August  3rd. Applicants should apply online via the NLDP website:

If you are an engaged community leader who wants to develop yourself personally and professionally, gain more tools for community leadership, and become part of a network of strong Cleveland leaders, you should  apply! If you know someone who fits that description, please share this with them. We are looking forward to meeting the applicants for Cohort XII! Upon the graduation of NLDP Cohort XI on June 14th there will be 209 Program Graduates working in every neighborhood of Cleveland.

Graduate Spotlight
Graduate Collaboration

Anita Gardner, NLDP Cohort V, is the Executive Director of the Community Concerned Citizens Council (Concerned Citizens) in the Mt. Pleasant Neighborhood. Concerned Citizens supports residents with a variety of programming for children including art classes, sewing classes, cooking classes and a computer lab. They also provide laundry and clothing donations, act as a community location for the Cleveland Food Bank Mobile Pantry, and bring a mobile HIV testing clinic to the neighborhood . Beyond the services provided at the Center, Concerned Citizens also provides community representation at Cleveland Housing Court. Through this work they play an important role in m aintaining the housing stock in the neig hborhood and protecting residents from disinvestment.

Several years ago, NLDP Graduate Richard Goudreau of Cohort IX, was working for Cuyahoga County as the Community Service Coordinator for the Juvenile Court. Through this work, Richard started bringing young people who needed to complete community service hours to Anita at the Concerned Citizens Community Center. 

When Richard took a job at Harvard Community Services Center doing code enforcement, Anita was there to show him the ropes of going out into the community and photographing houses and keeping track of their condition. Richard helped Anita to get the new Concerned Citizens Community Center up and running and  it was Anita who recommended that Richard attend NLDP in 2015.  In addition to his code enforcement work, Richard is a Master Gardener and local community garden leader. He is passionate about improving the community through sustainable agriculture and building connections between government and community groups. 

These days Richard and Anita conduct code enforcement inspections  in the neighborhood  together and attend housing court together. They are working hard to improve their community and make sure the housing is properly cared for and maintained. Richard will also be bringing his gardening expertise to the new hoop house at the Concerned Citizens Community Center. 

Anita also collaborates with NLDP Graduate Barbara Anderson, who runs her own community center. They have teamed up to keep each others' buildings in good repair and make sure they are able to do whatever is necessary to continue serving the community.  Other graduates you might find helping out at the Center include Xavier Allen, Rahim Bassit, and Rodney Llewellyn. Anita is always ready to offer up her space to others or help them in any way she can. Anita says,  "I just want everybody to know that you are not alone, because its hard out there."  

Our First NLDP Baby!
Welcome to the world Isabella Grayce!

Rebeca Neria, an NLDP Cohort XI participant, welcomed her daughter Isabella Grayce on March 28th at 9:13pm. Isabella Grayce is the first baby to be born during an NLDP Cohort. She arrived a little earlier than expected, but is growing and doing well. Cohort XI surprised Rebeca with a Diaper Shower less than a week before Isabella Grayce's arrival. Excellent timing! Rebecca attended the NLDP session on March 24th, had her baby four days later and was back at NLDP just 10 days after that for the next session. She showed us all exactly what it means to be a dedicated leader!

C o oking with Grads
Maria Campanelli

NLDP Cohort X Graduate Maria Campanelli is the Executive Director of the Cleveland Children's Museum. Maria led the transition from the old Children's Museum space in University Circle to its brand new renovated location on Euclid Ave. in Midtown. The new Children's Museum opened in November of 2017 and has been an incredible success. When Maria is not working hard to make the Children's Museum a huge community asset, she might be making Fettuccine Alfredo.  She says of her Fettuccine recipe, " I love this recipe because I can add more vegetables such as peas, beans or asparagus. It's also flexible so that I can swap the sausage for grilled chicken."

Fettuccine  Alfredo with Italian Sausage and 
Roast ed Red Peppers


1lb Italian sausage
1 red pepper
1 box fettuccini  or noodle of your choice
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons flour
2 cups half & half
1 cup parmesan cheese


Grill Italian sausage.  Cut into bite size pieces.

Grill red pepper with the skin on.  Then remove skin and seeds. Cut into pieces.
Cook pasta according to directions on the box. 
Alfredo sauce
Melt the butter.  Add the flour.  Stir together to form a roux.
Add half & half.  Stir constantly to bring to a boil until the sauce begins to thicken.
Remove from heat and add parmesan cheese.
Pour Alfredo sauce over the pasta.  Add cooked Italian sausage and roasted red peppers.

Toss and serve.

Graduates, Save the Date for the Summer Picnic!
Sunday, August 26th 

Graduate Shout Outs
Special Congratulations to...

Alex Roberston  on his Future History Makers award from WZAK Cleveland.

Hilda Abreu on her appointment to the Advisory Board at the Cuyahoga County Division for Senior Adult Services.

Moneeke Davis on recieving the Irene Catlin Award from Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization.

Chrishawndra Matthews on securing 501c3 status for her organization Literacy in the Hood.

Bonnie Walker on her appointment to the Advisory Committee for the Department of Aging.

Jonathan Steirer on his appointment to the Cudell Improvement, Inc. Board of Directors.

Ariana Johnson on being named a YWCA Distinguished Young Woman.

Valerie Jerome on being named a YWCA Distinguished Young Woman.

Caroline Peak on being appointed to the CMSD Bond Accountability Commission.

NLDP Demographics
A look at some of the data captured in the new Demographic Profile

On an annual basis NLDP collects demographic data which helps with program organization and execution. NLDP participants and graduates come from a wide variety of backgrounds and this data allows NLDP to keep track of changes from year to year. Below are some basic demographic data that we collected from our Cohort XI participants. 

Cohort XI Demographics

Time to Update the Graduate Directory
We need your contact information

Have you moved? Have you gotten a new e-mail address or phone number? Would you like to update your NLDP Bio?

NLDP endeavors to keep an up to date graduate directory of all graduate contact information including your phone number, e-mail, and mailing address. We also have bios for each graduate on the NLDP website.  If your contact details have changed at all in the last year or if your bio is out of date, please send your most up to date info to no later than Friday, June 1st.

NLDP Graduates Serving on Nonprofit Boards
Are You A Non-Profit Board Member?

NLDP Graduates are making a tremendous impact on non-profit boards throughout Cleveland. Click here to view the current listing of NLDP Graduates who serve on non-profit boards.  To date, 25% of NLDP Graduates are serving on nonprofit boards. If you are currently serving on a board and it is not listed here, please send an e-mail to with the name of the organization and any roles (president, secretary, etc.) that you have on the board.

Upcoming NLDP Events...

Thursday, June 14th
Cohort XI Graduation at Trinity at 6pm
Tuesday, June 26th
Cohort XII Graduate Recruitment Dinner at Trinity at 6pm
Friday, August 3rd
Cohort XII Application Period Ends at 5pm
Thursday, August 23rd
Cohort XII Launch at Trinity at 6pm
Sunday, August 26th
Graduate Summer Picnic Noon-3pm
Saturday, October 20th
Capacity Building Session at Trinity at 8am
Thursday, December 13th 
Graduate Holiday Party

" A leader is a person you will follow to a place you would not go by yourself."
-Joel Barker

Heads Up!
Graduate Feedback Needed for a New Idea

NLDP is investigating a new tool to enhance graduate connectivity. We hope to improve the NLDP Graduate Network and increase graduate collaboration through
th e use of a new phone app. Before making any decisions, we need feedback from NLDP Graduates to see if this new tool will be useful. Please be on the look-out for a very short Survey Monkey we will be  sending out Thursday, April 26th. If you attended the Fireside Chat, then you have already responded to the survey. If not, please complete the survey when you receive the link . It is only two questions.

NLDP is on YouTube
Visit Our Channel!

Our videos showcasing NLDP are available on the NLDP YouTube Channel. We also have Graduate Videos that highlight the work of our Graduates. If you are an NLDP Graduate and would like to have a video included on the channel, please contact Marissa Williams at 

Community Collaborators
NLDP is proud to work with the following important community organizations...

Kids Book Bank

The Neighborhood Leadership Development Program is a Program of 
the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation.