City Seeks Applicants for Mayor’s Neighborhood Leadership Program

City of Rochester

News Release

(Monday, March 8, 2021) – Mayor Lovely A. Warren announced today that the City is seeking applicants for the 2021 Cohort of the Mayor’s Neighborhood Leadership Training program to help residents learn to advocate for themselves and their neighborhoods as the City implements the Rochester 2034 Comprehensive Plan.

“Community participation is an important aspect of the Rochester 2034 Comprehensive Plan and we must give residents the tools needed to help us fully realize the vision of this plan and transform our city in an equitable way,” said Mayor Warren. “Residents who are accepted into the 2021 Spring Cohort of the program will join in on the success of the 2020 Cohort by bringing more voices to the table as we manage our city’s growth to create more jobs, safer streets, quality education for our children and equity for all citizens.”

The Mayor’s Neighborhood Leadership Training program will help interested applicants learn how to take part in the City’s efforts to collaborate with other governments, residents, businesses, neighborhood groups and development partners to direct investments and build community as outlined in Rochester 2034.

Administered by the Neighborhood Service Centers (NSC) in partnership with the Bureau of Planning, the Mayor’s Neighborhood Leadership Training program will give participants an opportunity to develop and refine civic-engagement skills. Topic areas will include: Tools and Techniques for Neighborhood Leadership; Learning about City Hall; Creating Opportunity in My Neighborhood; Effective Neighborhood Outreach; Housing in my Neighborhood; and Reaching our Neighborhood Young People.

The program runs from Tues., April 6. - Thurs., May 20 and consists of eight sessions totaling 22 hours. All sessions are from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and will be conducted on a virtual platform. A physical satellite site to be provided for residents without Internet access.

Applications can be found at or at one of the four Neighborhood Service Center locations. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. Friday, March 19.