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  • Interested in enhancing your leadership capacity as a board member, emerging community, or neighborhood leader?

  • Want to strengthen your ability to participate in the solving of both simple and complex problems by enhancing your knowledge, skills, and attitudes?

  • Want to focus on contributing to positive outcomes for residents of Atlanta and to the function of City government?

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Applications are being accepted for twenty-five participants to be a part of the Community Leadership Institute of Atlanta Cohort I.

Cohort I: February 2021 – April 2021

Cohort II: TBD

Each class session will be five hours in length online via Zoom, meeting every other Tuesday beginning February 16th from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm.  This collaboration between the City of Atlanta and the University of Georgia Carl Vinson Institute of Government is at no cost to participants. Those interested in applying must be at least 18 years old and City of Atlanta residents aspiring to bring positive and productive leadership back to their community, and able to commit to attending all six classes. Participants in Cohort I must have access to Zoom and video capabilities. Wi-Fi is recommended.


How to Apply?


Submit an application to NPU University by Monday, February 1, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. No applications will be accepted after 5:00 p.m. on February 1, 2021.  


If you have questions, email Samantha Terry at snterry@AtlantaGa.Gov.

Be willing to commit to attending ALL six sessions (late arrivals and early leave outs count as absences).


Be available for a 30-minute virtual interview. Be an engaging and contributing participant throughout the entire cohort.

Class Content

Session I | Tuesday, February 16

Opening Session –: Introductions, Overview, Roles, and Functions of the Atlanta Planning Advisory Board (APAB), Neighborhood Planning Units (NPUs)

Session II | Tuesday, March 2

Understanding Leadership – This session will help participants assess their individual leadership strengths and demonstrate the collective leadership potential of the group.

Session III | Tuesday, March 16

Conflict Management – This session will involve learning strategies for managing conflict by understanding the necessity and sources of conflict.

Session IV | Tuesday, March 30

Ethics – This session will examine the importance of ethical conduct. Participants will gain knowledge about ethical dilemmas and strategies for decision‐making.

Session V | Tuesday, April 13

Making Citizen Engagement Work in Our Communities – This session will explore the importance of engaging citizens in the process of governance and strategies to include a diverse variety of stakeholders in processes that impact all citizens, including social media.

Session VI | Tuesday, April 27

Collaborative Leadership Model: Consensus Building and Problem‐Solving – This session will teach participants the capacity to engage people and groups outside of one’s formal control and inspire them to work towards common goals, despite differences in convictions, cultural values, and operating norms.

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