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. 





Program Details

  • Cost: FREE! Participants receive a $50 grocery gift card at each in-person session, as well as food and beverages.
  • Duration: January - May, 2024
  • Monthly Expectations
    • Attend the virtual Kick-off one evening and all Saturday classes from 9:00am – 12:30pm at the Northeast Community Center
    • Attend Mentor workshops virtually
    • Complete light homework
    • Connect with learning partner as needed

Eligibility & Application

  • To participate, individuals must:
    • Be 18 years or older as of January 1, 2024
    • Commit to attending all program sessions
    • Have been involved in their neighborhood council for 2 years or less
    • Commit to maintaining involvement in neighborhood council for at least one (1) year after 2024


    Applications closed for 2024 cohort.

Want to be a Mentor?

Applications closed for 2024 cohort.