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Empowering Civic Leadership

Helping neighborhood leaders build resilience.

Resilient San Francisco Leadership Academy

Our planned Resilient San Francisco Leadership Academy has been postponed because of COVID-19.

Instead, with our partners, we are creating a COVID-19 Community Response Playbook to help communities and neighborhoods respond to the pandemic. Please see our Leadership Tools page for resources and support.

The Academy follows Coro’s model of developing diverse civic leaders to work together across differences to create solutions for the common good. The model includes:

  • Sessions and Focus Days: Sessions build skills in a team setting, and focus days provide understanding of relevant city departments, people, processes, and systems. Learning topics may include: resilience planning and disaster preparedness, transportation, housing, legislative and budget processes, and community organizing.
  • Leader Interviews: Participants interview city department leaders and elected officials to establish relationships and understanding.
  • Group Project: At the end of the program, participants will present a report to the community in response to a challenge related to enhancing neighborhood resilience and activating civic engagement.

Program results from our recent Neighborhood Leadership Academy found the following:

  • 100% of participants are more confident in their leadership abilities.
  • 100% felt a deepened connection to their peers and colleagues.
  • 100% felt increased confidence to initiate positive change.
  • 93% greatly increased their knowledge and understanding of San Francisco programs, processes, and services.

People over 18 who live in San Francisco and want to increase their civic engagement are invited to apply. Individuals who are already involved with the NEN Empowered Communities Program Neighborhood HUB initiative are encouraged to apply. (Current HUB neighborhoods are: Western Addition, Bernal Heights, Noe Valley, Bayview, Cayuga/Excelsior, OMI, Brotherhood Way, Diamond Heights, Miraloma Park, Merced Extension Triangle, Sunset, West Portal, and Visitation Valley).

There is no cost to participants. This pilot program is supported by a grant from the Walter & Elise Haas Fund.

  • Neighborhood Empowerment Network (NEN)
  • Walter & Elise Haas Fund

Interest Form

Fill out our interest form to receive an update when applications are open for future cohorts.

Questions & Contact

Cliff Yee
415-986-0521 x702