Jefferson County Neighborhood Leadership Academy

  • Date: Aug. 24, 2020 - Nov. 3, 2020
  • Format: online

Early Bird Discount! $260.00 if you register before August 7th, 2020. After August 7th, $295.00

This course is specific to the Jefferson County, Missouri Neighborhood Area and will be offered on Mondays from Mondays from 6pm to 9pm, starting August 24, 2020 and ending on November 2, 2020. Please check to make sure you are enrolling in the correct city for this course.

Neighborhood leaders from throughout the state of Missouri will learn together through a virtual project based curriculum, developing the skills and building the networks necessary to create healthy, vibrant and whole communities.

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    Program Overview

    The Neighborhood Leadership Academy, created in 2002, connects resources at the University -- Creating Whole Communities and University of Missouri Extension -- with residents and neighborhoods throughout the state of Missouri who are interested in improving their communities.

    The Neighborhood Leadership Academy (NLA) provides in-depth leadership training that emphasizes community building principles and strategies, project planning, organizational leadership and management practices, and personal leadership skills.

    Participants are actively involved in their neighborhoods and represent communities from throughout the state. Academy participants may be neighborhood association members, community leaders, resident volunteers, community-based organization staff, business owners, local government staff, municipal elected officials, or anyone who wants to make an impact in the community.

    Participants who successfully complete the program receive a Certificate in Neighborhood Leadership from the Chancellor of the University of Missouri–St. Louis.

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    More than 300 neighborhood and organization leaders have participated in the NLA, learning the skills and building the networks necessary to create whole communities. Learn more on our alumni page (Links to an external site.)


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    Claire Wolff

    St Louis Neighborhood

    County Engagement Specialist in Community Economic Development

    314/516-6392 voice and fax

    Program Objectives

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    Through seminars, discussion, and personal community projects that apply tools and principles, participants will learn:

    • Community building principles and strategies
    • Personal leadership skills
    • Project planning and implementation tools
    • Organizational leadership and management practices

    During the NLA, participants share and work on a community improvement projects for their neighborhood. Following is a sample of their projects:

    • Forming a neighborhood association to encourage more community involvement
    • Proposing and implementing a community garden
    • Developing a church-based community assets assessment
    • Planning and obtaining funding for a neighborhood park
    • Raising funds to endow a school-based youth cultural enrichment program

    Technical Requirements

    Learners will also need some technical skills, which might include

    • Using the learning management system
    • Sending and receiving an email with attachments
    • Creating and submitting files in commonly used word processing formats
    • Copying and pasting
    • Downloading and installing software
    • Using spreadsheet programs
    • Using presentation and graphics programs

    See our Getting Started with Canvas page for short tutorial videos to provide an overview of Canvas.  When accessing your Canvas course from your mobile device, DO NOT use the Canvas Student App.

    Access your course from your MU Extension account. For the best user experience, we recommend using  Google Chrome as your browser (Safari for Macintosh).

    If you don't have Google Chrome installed on your computer, you can download the latest version.

    If you have questions or need additional help, please please email   Customer Support.

    You can find more information on the technical requirements on the Canvas website.


    For a successful online course experience, clear, thoughtful communication is essential. Discussion forums and course communications are important venues for exchanging ideas and promoting learning. Your instructor and fellow participants wish to foster a safe online learning environment. All opinions and experiences, no matter how different or controversial they may be perceived, must be respected in the tolerant spirit of academic discourse. Constructive criticism and questions are encouraged; however, you will be expected to remain professional and courteous in all of your posts. You are encouraged to comment, question or critique an idea, but you are not to attack an individual.

    Our differences, some of which are outlined in the University of Missouri's nondiscrimination statement, will add richness to this learning experience. Please consider that sarcasm and humor can be misconstrued in online interactions and generate unintended disruptions. Working as a community of learners, we can build a polite and respectful course atmosphere. As your instructor, I  reserve the right to delete any forum posts or blog entries I deem to be inappropriate for the course.

     If you are emailing your instructor or other students, provide some context for your email by creating a subject line that states the course and topic.  Be brief, clear and to the point.  If communicating a lot of information, use bullets for order and clarity.

    (Adapted  with permission from [email protected]'s Online Teaching Foundations)


    We value the voice of every student in this course. Our diversity as a group—in race, gender, sex, religion, language, ability, veteran status, place of origin—is an asset to our learning experience.  As a result, we will design inclusive lessons and assignments that provide you with the opportunity to speak and be heard, explore your own understanding, and encounter each other.

    Course Assessments-Completion

    Participants who successfully complete the program receive a Certificate in Neighborhood Leadership from the Chancellor of the University of Missouri–St. Louis.


    We all learn differently, and we want every student to succeed. If you have a learning need or disability, please contact us as soon as possible so we can provide you with appropriate accommodations.  

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