Leading in Community

Credit Option
Non Credit
Program Type
Series
Location
Online

Leading in Community (LIC) is a leadership development program with a goal to broaden and strengthen the leadership pipeline for people of color and prepare them for nonprofit and community leadership in the Long Island, New York City, and Hudson Valley regions.

Participants receive a Certificate in Organizational and Community Leadership from Adelphi University upon completion of the seven-month program.

We are no longer accepting applicants for the LIC program.

Common Challenges

The Center recognizes that the leaders of color serving in the Long Island, New York City, or Hudson Valley underserved communities face obstacles that are common among leaders in low to moderate-income communities throughout the United States. The Leadership Learning Community—a national nonprofit organization that focuses on leadership development—identified the following challenges for leaders of color:

  • Disparity in access to education and training programs
  • Exclusive networks that recruit and perpetuate white leadership
  • Internalized oppression and lack of self-confidence
  • Exclusive dominant culture model of leadership
  • Economic status

Who Should Take This Course?

Candidates who meet the following criteria should apply:

  • Mid-level managers or directors of a nonprofit organization in an underserved community in the Long Island, New York City, or Hudson Valley regions
  • Voluntary or paid community leaders
  • Supported by their organization’s leadership or other community leaders

My personal growth and confidence have measurable results. I have already begun to use strategies and techniques that I have learned as a direct deliver-able of this program.

LIC Graduate

Methods of Instruction


LIC uses an interactive method for developing leadership based on a collaborative style of learning to address a range of competencies, skills and practices. The curriculum design and schedule take into consideration the busy lives of nonprofit professionals and community leaders. This program consists of:

  • Virtual Sessions
  • Breakfast, networking and sharing from 8:30 – 9:00 a.m. each session
  • Facilitated online discussion forums on Moodle
  • Case studies to reinforce learning outcomes and enhance the learning experience

Program Details, Goals and Objectives

Cost: $2,250

Partial scholarships are available. Considerations in determining scholarships will be based on financial need. See the application for more details.

Program Phases

Dates are located in the phases below:

Cohort 5 Schedule

  • Virtual Introduction –  4/8 – 8:30 a.m.–10:00 a.m.
  • Virtual Session 1 – 4/9 – 8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • Virtual Session 2 – 4/23 – 8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • Virtual Session 3 – 5/7 – 8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Cohort 6 Schedule

  • Virtual Introduction –  4/8 – 8:30 a.m.–10:00 a.m.
  • Virtual Session 1 – 4/8 – 10:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
  • Virtual Session 2 – 4/22 – 8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • Virtual Session 3 – 5/6 – 8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Leaders develop necessary skills, behaviors and attitudes when they have opportunities to learn how to lead effectively with other people and from other people.   The program will support participants as they develop their own approach and learn best leadership practices along with their peers.

We begin with an individual assessment using a widely accepted leadership assessment instrument. After the assessment, the participants and the Center’s leadership coach will collaborate on a personalized plan to guide them as they become the leader they want to be.  Participants will learn how to take charge of their future leadership development by:

  • Practicing self-assessment, personal reflection and self-awareness
  • Identifying how race, ethnicity and culture influence leadership practices
  • Articulating personal vision and mission

Cohort 5 Schedule

  • Virtual Session 4 – 5/21 – 8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • Virtual Session 5 – 6/4 – 8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • Virtual Session 6 – 6/11 – 8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Cohort 6 Schedule

  • Virtual Session 4 – 5/20 – 8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • Virtual Session 5 – 6/3 – 8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • Virtual Session 6 – 6/10 – 8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

The Center respects the challenge of leading in underserved communities and recognizes that well-developed organizational leaders have potential for great impact. Therefore, LIC combines nonprofit best practices with practical applications for leading in multicultural organizations and communities. As part of Phase II, each participant will have opportunity to lead a peer group through a carefully selected case study of an organizational or community challenge they are likely to face.  Afterwards, their peers will review their leadership, highlight strengths and weaknesses, and make recommendations for greater effectiveness.

Participants will learn how to:

  • Operationalize an organization’s mission and provide overall leadership and strategic direction to the organization while working with the board
  • Facilitate planning, define a clear vision for the future, and manage change
  • Measure organizational performance, and demonstrate and communicate impact.

During Phase II, Leading in Community includes professional mentoring, a dedicated website, a blog for peer support and networking, and webinars that supplement on site learning.

Cohort 5 Schedule

  • Virtual Session 7 – 7/9 – 8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • Virtual Session 8 – 7/23 – 8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • Virtual Session 9 – 9/10 – 8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • Virtual Session 10 – 10/1 – 8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • Virtual Closing – 10/29 – 8:30 a.m.–11:00 a.m.

Cohort 6 Schedule

  • Virtual Session 7 – 7/8 – 8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • Virtual Session 8 – 7/22 – 8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • Virtual Session 9 – 9/9 – 8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • Virtual Session 10 – 9/30 – 8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
  • Virtual Closing – 10/29 – 8:30 a.m.–11:00 a.m.

The Community Leadership phase of the program builds participants’ skills and increases their capacity for community organizing, building community support networks, and developing partnerships with individuals and organizations in their own neighborhood and community. Certificate candidates will:

  • Learn how Long Island, New York City and Hudson Valley communities have been affected by societal factors, such as location, inequality, and demographic patterns
  • Apply community organizing principles to nonprofit leadership
  • Develop a social justice framework for community development
  • Build the knowledge and skills required to function as effective community leaders

A key learning outcome of Leading in Community will be the final exercise where participants will develop a strategic community initiative. The participants will:

  • Identify a common social justice issue or concern in an underserved community in the Long Island, New York City, or Hudson Valley regions.
  • Articulate a strategy to address the issue or concern that involves a collaboration with individuals or with their respective organizations
  • Pinpoint community partnerships that will support the initiative
  • Explore potential funding sources for the initiative

The Final Capstone Project

A key learning outcome of Leading in Community is the completion of a final exercise in which participants develop a strategic community initiative with a focus on social justice and racial equity.  Each participant is required to participate as a team member in the development of this initiative and each team completes a written report and presentation that is reviewed by the LIC Program Coordinator.

The capstone project encapsulates all of the learning outcomes of the program by achieving the following objectives:

  • Identifying a common social justice issue or concern in an underserved community;
  • Articulating a strategy to address the issue or concern that involves a collaboration with individuals or with their respective organizations;
  • Identifying and engaging in community partnerships that will support the initiative; and
  • Locating appropriate funding sources for the initiative.

Expected Outcomes and Evaluation

Each participant will undergo a final assessment at the conclusion of the program.  Program alumni will have the opportunity to serve as resources and mentors for new cohorts entering the program as well as leadership resources to their own organizations and communities.

An outcome of Leading in Community will be to increase the number of people of color who are prepared for leadership positions in the Long Island, New York City, and Hudson Valley regions nonprofit sector and/or who are prepared for a leadership role (as a community activist or board member) in their community.

Our Sincerest Thanks

Long Island Community FoundationLeading in Community would not be possible without the generous support of the following:

Long Island Community Foundation, Adelphi University School of Social Work, AHRC of Nassau County, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island, Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services (CASES), Child Care Council of Suffolk, Dutchess One Stop Career Center, Feeding Westchester, Goodwill Industries of Greater NY and Northern NJ Inc., Ice Hockey in Harlem, Mental Health Association of Nassau County, Tempo Group, Inc., The Arc Mid-Hudson, The Butterfly Effect Project and our Leading in Community Alumni.

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