“Though my job responsibilities required leadership in a variety of ways already, Coro has really given me the skills, strategies and confidence – not to mention the affirmation – to see myself as a leader. With this training and all the resources of the vast and supportive Coro family that I’m now part of, I know I’m more prepared than ever to take on any challenge I might meet in the best and most productive way possible.” Duane Roggendorff (NL 2014), Director of External Affairs, Grand Central Partnership
“When you’re called to ‘improve’ a neighborhood almost by definition you are tasked with changing that neighborhood. Without Neighborhood Leadership, the sheer gravity of this might have been intimidating. NL empowered me to be a visionary leader via dynamic leadership retreat days, informative strategy sessions, and an amazing peer network. I was provided with the tools to truly help transform the neighborhood that I serve.” Laurel Brown (NL 2011) Executive Vice President, Downtown Brooklyn Partnership
“I greatly value the commitment and extraordinary work that Coro provided to the dedicated neighborhood development managers in my cohort and know that the exceptional tools and resources we received will help us immensely to continue to strengthen our communities.” Barbara Askins (NL 2015) President, 125th Street BID
Coro’s Neighborhood Leadership (NL) program provides our city’s top talent with the resources to influence meaningful change and address complex challenges within their neighborhoods. Using New York as a classroom, the NL program immerses participants in commercial revitalization strategies and builds leadership skills through intensive training. Participants leave the program equipped with the expertise to drive change in their own neighborhoods and an unparalleled network of fellow engaged civic leaders.
- A three-day overnight Opening Retreat
- 4 Saturday Leadership Retreat days
- Networking Evening Events (“Coronect” evenings)
- 5 Tuesday Strategy Day Sessions
- Closing Session & Graduation
- Follow-up session
- During the program, participants develop close ties their cohorts through intensive training and peer consulting. Many alumni stay connected long after the program ends.
- Participants gain access to an alumni network of the most diverse leadership communities in New York. Deputy mayors and neighborhood activists; company heads and social entrepreneurs—more than 2,000 New Yorkers who know how the city functions and why their contributions and collaborations are essential for its progress.
THE KNOWLEDGE: NL builds participants’ individual and collaborative capacity for changing their communities.
- NL presents participants with leadership development exercises designed to push them to explore all aspects of an issue and navigate stakeholder interests.
- Participants meet and interview a range of stakeholders—from commercial revitalization and government leaders to the broader NL alumni community—to explore commercial revitalization strategies and resources they can apply to their work.
THE SKILLS: NL uses the New York City as a lab to explore, test, and build effective commercial revitalization strategies.
- Participants identify a Neighborhood Change Project and, during the 6-month program, apply their education to it in real-time.
- By learning how to give and receive feedback, take risks, and have courageous conversations, NL graduates gain a deep understanding of how to lead a group with a diverse set of interests in their own organization.
WHO SHOULD APPLY?
Each year, the NL Program accepts 20 successful nonprofit management professionals who are leading commercial revitalization efforts in their communities—for example, working in a Business Improvement District, Merchant Association, local development corporation, Chamber of Commerce, or other nonprofit organization. Selected participants reflect the demographics of New York City, with at least half serving low- to moderate-income neighborhoods. Applicants should be prepared for an immersive, group-structured experience in commercial revitalization strategies and leadership development exploration. Candidate Requirements:
- Work in New York City for a nonprofit organization whose work is focused on commercial revitalization.
- Experienced management staffer who is leading change on behalf of his or her organization around commercial revitalization.
- Passion for developing new leadership skills germane to problem-solving in New York.
- Interest in joining the Coro community and NL alumni network.
Applications are now closed for NL 2017. Fill out this form to receive more information about NL 2018.
Neighborhood Leadership is a partnership with the New York City Department of Small Business Services. Funding support has also been provided by Members of the New York City Council, Surdna Foundation, TD Bank, Citi and Signature Bank.