Neighborhood Leadership Program
2021 Application

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Thank you for your interest and time in applying to the Neighborhood Leadership Program (NL)! If you have any questions about NL or this application, please do not hesitate to reach out to Program Manager, Cassandra Garita at cassandra@coro.nyc.

Application Deadline: Monday, November 23, 2020 at 11:59 PM

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Candidate Information

Each year, the NL Program accepts 20 successful nonprofit management professionals who are leading commercial revitalization efforts in their communities—for example, working in a Business Improvement District, Merchant Association, local development corporation, Chamber of Commerce, or other nonprofit organization. Selected participants reflect the demographics of New York City, with at least half serving low- to moderate-income neighborhoods. Applicants should be prepared for an immersive, group-structured experience in commercial revitalization strategies and leadership development exploration. Ideal Applicants:

  • Work in New York City for a nonprofit organization whose work is focused on commercial revitalization.
  • Experienced management staffer who is leading change on behalf of his or her organization around commercial revitalization.
  • Passion for developing new leadership skills germane to problem-solving in New York.
  • Interest in joining the Coro community and NL alumni network.
At least half of the cohort will be candidates whose organizations serve low- to moderate-income neighborhoods as designated by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Designation prescribes that at least 51% of the residents in the census tracts included in the commercial area must be low- and moderate-income persons living in households with incomes below 80% of the median household income ($47,100 for a 4-person household in 2000).
  • To determine the census tracts your organization serves, visit the New York City Census FactFinder: Link
  • To determine whether those Neighborhoods are CDBG eligible, visit the Community Portal: Link
If you are unsure if your organization serves a low- to moderate-income commercial district, please contact Morgan Geraghty at the New York City Department of Small Business Services at MGeraghty@sbs.nyc.gov. 

No more than half of the slots will be offered for those candidates whose organizations serve neighborhoods that are not low-and/or moderate-income.

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It is important to Coro and SBS that we reach and recruit from a diverse constituency.  We appreciate you providing us with the following optional information to help gauge the success of these efforts. 

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Employment and Education
Letter(s) of Recommendation
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Statement of Commitment

Neighborhood Leadership runs from January-October 2021. The schedule amounts to over 15 days of training including program orientation and 3 day opening retreat, (5) Saturday leadership sessions, (5) weekday strategy sessions, optional evening sessions and Coro community events, and (1) presentation showcase and graduation.  Due to the experiential nature of our training and the importance of the group in our work together, a commitment to attend all program sessions is preferred. 


Due to known or unexpected circumstances, we understand that participants may need to miss a session.  A total of 2 absences are possible with no more than 1 absence for a strategy session and no more than 1 absence for a leadership session. Absences exceeding this could result in your withdrawal from the program.

Please note that full participation/attendance in the Opening Retreat from January 28-30 and Showcase/Graduation on October 5 is required.  The program calendar can be found on our website. 

If you have any questions about this commitment, please reach out to Program Manager Cassandra Garita at cassandra@coro.nyc.