Leadership Training Opportunities

Anybody can be great….. because anybody can serve…. you only need a heart full of grace. — Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


They key to organizing an alternative society is to organize people around what they can do, and more importantly, what they want to do.  –Abbie Hoffman

If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain. –Maya Angelou

There are many ways to take leadership on projects in your neighborhood, big and small.  (Bringing brownies to meetings (or healthy snacks) is always a leadership role that is welcome.)  Start with our “Get Involved” page for some starter ideas on how you can take steps to be involved.

If you are looking for leadership training programs, there are several to choose from, short and longer-term varieties, too:

  • Westside Leadership Collaborative of Cleveland (WLCC),106_1093
  • Neighborhood Leadership Cleveland (NLC),
  • Ohio State University Extension (OSU-Ext.),
  • Neighborhood Leadership Development Program (NLDP),
  • Strengthening Services,
  • The Foundation Center of Cleveland,
  • and more leadership training programs are all linked to this training directory.


  • Vasko family smaller versionIf you are interested in organizing your block to go through block watch training with the Cleveland Police, you can contact Melissa Miller at BPDC for more information.

100_2088Specifically for youthBellaire-Puritas Development Corporation provides youth with leadership experiences, training, and connects them to leadership opportunities and trainings with Ohio State University Extension, Partnership for a Safer Cleveland, Neighborhood Leadership Institute, MyCom, 100_2086The Cleveland Metroparks, and Youth Opportunities Unlimited to name a few.  Contact youth staff at BPDC for more information.

  • Join our e-newsletter to find out about other opportunities to be engaged in your neighborhood.
  • If you are interesting in lending your leadership to the BPDC Board of Trustees, please contact our executive director to be connected to our board leadership.