NLDP Application

NLDP Application Form – Cohort XV

The Neighborhood Leadership Development Program (NLDP) is an eleven-month, sixteen-session leadership training program for engaged community leaders. The program is designed for residents of Cleveland or its Inner Ring Suburbs who are actively involved in improving the neighborhoods of Cleveland. Since 2006, NLDP has worked to enhance the leadership abilities of engaged community leaders. The NLDP is a program of the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation and currently has over 270 graduates.


NLDP Participants:

  • Are passionate and committed leaders currently engaged in neighborhood improvement, compelled to action, and have already dedicated their time and efforts toward the betterment of their community and/or city.


  • Commit to participate actively and fully in every NLDP program session, including the sharing of pertinent information. NLDP has a 100% attendance policy. Please review the curriculum schedule dates thoroughly to confirm your availability.


  • Commit to meeting with their assigned Program Coach in between NLDP program sessions.


  • Commit to exploring new solutions for making neighborhood progress and accept NLDP’s invitation and opportunity for self-reflection through the leadership coaching services offered to all NLDP participants.


  • Are ready to move forward with an existing project or idea that improves their neighborhood and recognizes the potential benefits of NLDP to them and their work.


  • Agree to attend a half-day Racial Equity and Inclusion training workshop during the course of the program if you have not previously attended. NLDP will cover the expense of the REI training.  


Application Process:

Applications may be submitted online at, via email to Julia Ferra at or faxed to: 216-938-8100. 

Applications are due no later than 9:00 pm on Sunday August 14, 2022.

Selected applicants will be invited to attend an interview during the week of August 15th to further discuss their interest in becoming a participant in Cohort XV. All applicants must attend an interview to be eligible for selection. If you have questions about NLDP, visit or call 216-776-6170. 


Evaluation Criteria:

Applications will be evaluated based upon an applicant’s demonstrated degree of dedication to improving Cleveland neighborhoods, a clear indication of their passion for an existing community improvement project or idea, and whether they show a willingness to learn and have an openness to further developing their leadership skills. Applications must be complete and accurate to the best of the applicant’s knowledge.


NLDP strongly recommends that all applicants review both the curriculum dates and topics before applying. The curriculum can be found at or you may contact the NLDP office for a copy.


NLDP COVID VACCINATION POLICY: NLDP requires that all participants, coaches, faculty and staff be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 (this includes your initial vaccination and any booster shots you may be eligible for). All applicants must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to interviewing with NLDP. We will require proof of vaccination if you are accepted into the program. Our primary goal is to ensure maximum safety for all program participants over the course of the curriculum period. NLDP will meet or exceed all COVID-19 State of Ohio health guidelines in place at the time that Cohort XV convenes and expects all persons associated with NLDP to adhere to the protocols.   


Cohort XV Application Period: May 3, 2022 – August 14, 2022