Neighborhood Leadership Programs 

Wilder Foundation’s Neighborhood Leadership Programs develop the skills of existing and emerging community leaders. By participating in these programs, participants enhance their ability to act on important community issues. 

Leadership Cohort 

The Leadership Cohort is an in-depth program bringing together 30 diverse leaders from across the community in twice-monthly sessions to develop leadership skills and promote effective action. NLP also matches participants with community leadership coaches who serve as learning partners during their time in the program.
Applications for each NLP annual cohort are accepted during the months of August and September. For more information, contact PattiJo Verdeja at 651-280-2457 or

Community-Specific Leadership Programs 

Community-Specific Leadership Programs are concise 18-hour trainings offered in a flexible format from two to seven weeks in length and adapted for specific community groups including Latina women, the Karen community and residents of public and supportive housing. Participants gain basic skills, knowledge, and experiences related to community involvement and leadership that may not have been available to them before.

Latino Leadership Program
(Programa de Liderazgo Latino)

Wilder Foundation partners with a group of Latino organizations to make this program possible. Sessions are conducted in Spanish and co-facilitated by a Latina community leader to meet the skill building and community engagement needs and interests of participants. Topics covered include leadership styles, teamwork, dispute resolution, public speaking, and goal-setting for community action. The program is focused on Latino community members who are beginning their involvement - or seeking more involvement - in the community.
For more information on Community-Specific Leadership Programs or Latino Leadership Program, contact PattiJo Verdeja at 651-280-2457 or


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