Get Involved

 Do you want to make a difference in your community? The Neighborhood Leadership Program (NLP) offers several ways to help create new leaders in Saint Paul and the surrounding area. You can join our Leadership Cohort or take part in a community-specific leadership program. You can also give back by volunteering for NLP.


The application process for the 2017-2018 cohort is now closed.
For information about community-specific leadership programs, contact Coulette Columbus-Powers: 651-280-2366 or

Link-Up Workshops

Link-Up Workshops further skill development, facilitate networking, and support ongoing action for program alumni and community members. Topics are responsive to the changing needs and priorities of community leaders. They also present opportunities for participants to share their learning and contribute to the growth of others, which in turn strengthens their commitment to community action.
Workshop topics have included:
  • Creating social change in community settings
  • Proposal writing for neighborhood projects
  • Exploring jazz music as a metaphor for collaborative leadership

For information about Link-Up Workshops, contact PattiJo Verdeja at 651-280-2457 or


NLP works closely with volunteers provide quality leadership programs for our community.

NLP Coaches

The Neighborhood Leadership Program seeks community leaders to serve as coaches for each participant. NLP coaches are learning partners who walk with participants during their six-month journey to listen attentively, act as a sounding board, and share their stories. Coaches attend an initial orientation in the fall, are matched to an NLP participant, and commit to at least five meetings over the course of the program.

Trainers, Presenters, and Guest Speakers

Neighborhood Leadership Programs works with experts in the field to present the most relevant topics from diverse personal and organizational perspectives. Please contact us if you’re willing to share your experiences, skills, or talents with NLP participants.

Other Volunteers

NLP also relies on volunteers such as:
• Child care providers
• Office support
• Transportation
• Program interns
For more information on current volunteer opportunities, please visit the Volunteer Opportunities page.

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