Spokane Neighborhood Leadership Academy

Building Better Communities

The Spokane Neighborhood Leadership Academy (SNLA) is a five-month program designed to equip new and emerging neighborhood council leaders with knowledge, skills, and resources to increase engagement and effectively address their priorities.

Participants will:

  • Develop essential skills for leading volunteer teams, including communicating effectively, facilitating meetings, delegating, resolving conflict, and more.

  • Learn how to create inclusive, welcoming spaces and collaborate with people of diverse identities, personalities, and abilities.

  • Become familiar with Spokane’s municipal structures, processes, and resources to better serve their neighborhoods.

No cost to participate! People from underrepresented communities and identities are especially encouraged to apply.

Applications for the 2023 cohort have closed.  

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Program Details

  • Cost: FREE! Each session, participants receive lunch, a $50 grocery gift card and a childcare stipend (if needed)
  • Duration: Late January - Early June
  • Monthly Expectations
    • Attend one Saturday class from 9am - 3pm at the Northeast Community Center
    • Attend one workshop or panel virtually
    • Complete 1-2 hours of light homework
    • Connect with learning partner as needed

Eligibility & Application

  • To participate, individuals must:
    • Be 18 years or older as of January 1, 2023
    • Commit to attending all program sessions
    • Have been involved in their neighborhood council for 2 years or less
    • Commit to meeting periodically via Zoom with program cohort for the remainder of the 2023 calendar year and maintaining involvement in neighborhood council for at least one (1) year after 2023

Applications for the 2023 cohort have closed.