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About the Neighborhood Leadership Cohort

What does the future of Norfolk’s civic engagement look like?  Will it have robust civic leagues and neighborhood groups engaging diverse residents at every stage of life? Will it have residents practicing neighborliness and having fun together? Will it have neighborhood leaders working closely with elected officials to truly advocate community aspirations?  There is only one way to be sure: step forward and be a positive ripple maker yourself.  Join Norfolk’s Department of Neighborhood Services’ Neighborhood Leadership Cohort. The cohort supports civic participation by providing skills, resources, and connections for resident leaders to take responsibility for improving their community. 

The cohort is open to any Norfolk resident age 14 and above who is active in neighborhood life and interested in improving their leadership skills. Neighborhood Services is aiming for a cohort of 30 diverse residents. Preference will be given to those living in Norfolk, but those involved in Norfolk through a non-profit or business are not automatically excluded.


Session 1: Neighborhood Leadership 

  • Saturday, March 11
  • 10:00 am to 11:30 am - What is Neighborhood Leadership?
  • 11:30 am to 12:15 pm -  Lunch
  • 12:15 pm to 2:00 pm -Facilitation

Session 2: Consensus Building & Collaboration

  • Thursday, March 16
  • 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm  Consensus Building
  • 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm  Collaboration 

Session 3: Conflict Resolution & Intergenerational Partnerships

  • Saturday, March 25
  • 10:00 am to 11:30 am - Conflict Resolution
  • 11:30 am to 12:00 pm - Lunch
  • 12:00 pm to 1:15 pm - Intergenerational Partnerships
  • 1:15 to 2:00 pm - Wrap Up

All sessions will be held in Neighborhood Services' Training Room at 500 E. Main Street (Gather Building); 9th Floor.

Parking can be validated for the Fountain Park Garage.  

As an in-person event, we are very limited on space and want to intentionally recruit a diverse cross section of the city.  We also ask for your commitment when you apply, so that we don't have vacant seats that could be taken by others if you are unable to attend.  If you need to cancel, please let us know.    

A paper copy of the information is available here.  

Registration is now closed.