NeighborWorks® America's Community Leadership Institute (CLI) is a three-day training event that aims to strengthen the voices and skills of community, resident and volunteer leaders. Participants from around the country attend in small teams from communities served by NeighborWorks® Network organizations and their partners.


The CLIs are vehicles for learning, and forums for discussing community issues and for sharing best practices and solutions to the problems faced by communities. Each CLI has a general theme determined by a team of resident coordinators; however, a full range of courses is offered to equip participants with the knowledge they need to improve their communities in many ways. At the end of every CLI, each participating team creates an action plan so they can effectively bring the knowledge they gained at the CLI back to their communities and use it to affect positive change.


The slideshows to the right showcase the work contributed by the 2012-13 and 2013-14 CLI teams. The first group's action plan centered around the development of a greenhouse at the Ivy Street Community Garden located in Newhallville. The October 2013 Groundbreaking Event was an exciting success, as described by the New Haven Independent. The next team took it upon themselves to continue these efforts which included a June 2014 Greenhouse Launch Event; read more here


Community Leadership Institute (2015)

The 2015 CLI was held in Louisville, KY and was attended by 3 graduates of our Resident Leadership Program (RLP), 1 board member, 1 community organizer, and 2 NHS’ staff members. The CLI team was able to convene and devise an action plan for the City of New Haven. The 2015 CLI team is dedicated to strengthening and supporting small businesses and entrepreneurs in New Haven. Our aim is to provide a platform for small business owners and entrepreneurs to develop a strong base of customers within the community. In addition to encouraging city residents to buy and spend locally, which will strengthen the economic condition within the community, the development of a small business and entrepreneur directory will help educate city residents on where to buy local products or receive local services.