Columbia Heights Tour, NeighborWorks Training Institute, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from Eli Pousson’s photostream

Do you want to improve your community and yourself? The NeighborWorks Training Institute is nationally regarded as one of the premier professional development opportunities in the community development field. Their NeighborWorks Leadership Development Program gives you the opportunity to earn a professional certificate in either: Community Engagement, Community & Neighborhood Revitalization, or Management & Leadership.

Now, NeighborWorks Western Pennsylvania (through funding by Neighborhood Allies and the Birmingham Foundation) is launching a pilot leadership program in the Hilltop neighborhoods to give you the chance to obtain a scholarship for the NeighborWorks Leadership Development Program. Applicants must reside in and serve their community in either Allentown, Arlington, Arlington Heights, Beltzhoover, Bon Air, Carrick, Knoxville, Mt. Washington, Mt. Oliver (borough), Mt. Oliver (city), St. Clair, or the South Side Slopes.

Four participants will be chosen for this program. They will receive:

• Monthly leadership development training, including workshops, one-on-one coaching, and peer learning

• Tuition to 4 consecutive NeighborWorks Training Institutes (5 days each) until a certificate has been achieved

• Shared room & board at the training site hotel (5 nights per training)

• Reimbursed transportation costs between the airport and conference site

• Per diem expenses for food and incidentals at all NeighborWorks training Institutes

• Access to local community development experts and resources

The value of each scholarship is $20,000! And the first institute for program participants will be in Orlando, Florida from August 18 to August 22, 2014.

If you have a deep love for your neighborhood and know you could make a real difference if you had the right training, apply now to win a scholarship. The deadline for applications is noon on Monday, June 9, 2014. You can apply online here (please note that according to the application, you must also send a current resume to Lauren Stoner at lstoner@nwwpa.org).

You can also download a flyer for the program here and view a NeighborWorks Training Institute video on community building below.