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Neighborhood Leadership Institute Applications

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“Leaders come from all walks of life … ” says Mayor Tornek. – Photo by Terry Miller

“Leaders come from all walks of life … ” says Mayor Tornek. – Photo by Terry Miller


Applications for the 2016 Pasadena Neighborhood Leadership Institute (PNLI) are available now and due back to the city no later than Thursday, Aug. 25.

PNLI is a free, 10-week, interactive training program designed to empower emerging, local community leaders.

Applications are available online at www.cityofpasadena.net/NeighborhoodConnections or by contacting Araceli Mellen via email at amellem@cityofpasadena.net or by calling (626) 744-7363.

All applications must be received by close of business (5 p.m.) on Thursday, Aug. 25, at the department’s neighborhood connections office, located at 1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave.

Applications can be submitted online, hand delivered, or mailed. Postmarks are not acceptable as a substitute and the city is not responsible lost, misdirected, or late delivery of applications.

“Pasadena has a wonderful tradition of encouraging new leaders and enabling them with the necessary skills available through our Pasadena Neighborhood Leadership Institute,” Mayor Terry Tornek said. “Leaders come from all walks of life, but the skills they need to be successful can be obtained through the training at our institute.”

PNLI is designed to help develop future neighborhood leaders who are committed to taking action on local issues. The program teaches participants how to improve the quality of life in their neighborhoods through team-oriented problem solving. Participants are linked with community resources, local institutions, social services, and representatives from other neighborhoods to enable successful, creative solutions.

PNLI was established in 2000 by former Mayor Bill Bogaard, in partnership with the Flintridge Foundation (www.flintridge.org) and the Pasadena Community Foundation (https://pasadenacf.org). It is administered by the city’s neighborhood connections office, as part of the human services and recreation department (www.cityofpasadena.net/HumanServices).

Each leadership program includes up to 20 participants. High school seniors are also eligible. Priority is given to applicants who demonstrate a record of prior community service and civic activities, express a commitment to action on local issues, and who are interested in developing collaborative teamwork and skills to empower themselves and their neighbors. Participants must live, work, or study within the Pasadena Unified School District boundaries.

The institute provides 10 workshops and a graduation celebration. Workshops are held on the following Tuesdays, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.: Sept. 13, 20, 27, Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25 and Nov. 1, and 15.

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