Community & Human Development

Neighborhood Leadership Academy

Program Information

The purpose of the Neighborhood Leadership Academy (NLA) is to educate residents of El Paso on how their city government operates and how they can work with their city government to preserve and improve the quality of life in their neighborhoods.

Participants receive first-hand information from City departments about City services and programs through comprehensive presentations and on-site field trips to various public facilities.

Program Objectives

  • 18 week program (May-August)
    • Classes meet once per week at various locations (typically Wednesdays from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.)
    • Enroll 60 participants per class
  • Foster neighborhood leadership by promoting civic engagement
    • Participants may be recommended for City boards and commissions
  • Educate residents on City services and programs through presentations and tours from over 20 different City departments
    • Participants will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the program
    • More than four absences drops participants from the program



Enrollment Selection Criteria

  • Must be a resident living within the El Paso City limits
  • Must be 18 y/o or older
  • Youth aged 13-17 must be accompanied by an adult enrolled in the current program

Advanced Leadership Academy

To provide additional educational training workshops to graduates of the NLA program and neighborhood association members to enhance their leadership skills. (Workshop topics and dates are announced throughout the year)