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Empowering Civic Leadership

Helping neighborhood leaders build resilience.

Resilient San Francisco Leadership Academy

The past decade offered San Franciscans powerful insight into challenges facing our City and region. From wildfires to heatwaves, the climate and the ground beneath our feet seem to be changing fast — and posing new resilience challenges.

That is why we are honored to announce the Resilient San Francisco Leadership Academy.

The Resilient San Francisco Leadership Academy connects community leaders across sectors, backgrounds, and neighborhoods to support and sustain a resilient San Francisco. Participants explore key issues and locations related to resilience and gain knowledge of San Francisco’s long-term efforts to increase resilience infrastructure (SF’s Capital Plan).

Created in partnership with the City and County of San Francisco and Neighborhood Empowerment Network, Coro Northern California will provide participants with an immersive learning opportunity featuring a curriculum that combines skill development with one-of-a-kind in-person experiences.

The program includes four full-day sessions and four evening sessions. Visit the application page for session dates and to apply.

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


Applications are now closed. Fill out our interest form to receive an update when applications are open for forthcoming cohorts.

Questions & Contact

Cliff Yee
415-986-0521 x702