Mayor Andrew J. Ginther and the Department of Neighborhoods Launch the New Americans Leadership Academy
Mayor Andrew J. Ginther and the City of Columbus Department
of Neighborhoods are pleased to announce the launch of the New American
Leadership Academy (NALA). The NALA is a first of its kind program in
Columbus focused on the empowerment of emerging New American leaders.
“We are fortunate to have so many New Americans call
Columbus home,” said Mayor Ginther. “To be America’s opportunity city, everyone
must have a voice and the opportunity to be engaged. The NALA is a
critical next step to ensure everyone can contribute to our shared
Through an intensive 11 week program, NALA participants will
meet with local experts and gain firsthand experience in areas including local
government, civic responsibility and community partnerships. In addition,
the class will complete a service project that will be focused on attending and
participating with some of our area commissions.
“By creating a leadership academy specific to our New
American community, we will make sure all our residents have a voice in the
important issues facing our neighborhoods and they understand where they can
turn for help with challenging issues,” said Carla Williams-Scott, Director of
the Department of Neighborhoods.
Applications are now being accepted through September 18,
2018, for the first New Americans Leadership Academy. NALA applicants must be
18 years or older and have a high school diploma or equivalent. Additional
information on the program and the official application are available at www.columbus.gov/NALA. The first
session of the NALA will be held on October 3, 2018.