By Sandra Kluk

If you are passionate, committed, and dedicated to taking an active role in improving your community, you may be excited by, and ready for, one of two upcoming leadership development programs. NLDP and CDCLP are programs of the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Foundation. Both programs are currently seeking applicants for their 2023 cohorts—and both are at no cost to participants.

The Neighborhood Leadership Development Program (NLDP) has offered community engagement leadership training for residents of Cleveland and its inner-ring suburbs for 16 years, and are working on projects in the City of Cleveland that are determined to make a positive impact on their communities.

The Community Development Corporation Leadership Program (CDCLP) just graduated its second cohort. CDCLP is the Cleveland area’s only leadership program specifically designed for community development corporation executive-level leadership.

NLDP and CDCLP are designed to help emerging neighborhood leaders reach their potential by expanding their knowledge base and personal development through education, coaching, and ongoing interaction with their peers and other leaders. Participants, as well as graduates of both programs, have ongoing access to the services of a program coach who will give advice and support tailored to the needs of the participant.

The programs cover topics such as organizational and program planning, marketing and communications, program fundraising, board governance, conflict resolution and more. NLDP and CDCLP participants and graduates are a diverse group with many interests who are working on a wide variety of issues that positively impact Cleveland’s neighborhoods.

Both programs hold their in-person sessions at Trinity Commons, 2230 Euclid Avenue. NLDP sessions take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays, and CDCLP sessions take place from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursdays. 

The application period is now open! The CDCLP deadline is Aug. 3.  For additional information on CDCLP and to view the curriculum and online application, visit or call 216-776-6172.

The deadline for NLDP applications is Aug. 10. For additional information on NLDP and to view the curriculum and online application, visit or call 216-776-6167.

Think you have what it takes? Apply to make a difference!