Learn how to become a neighborhood advocate and create positive change in your community through Arlington County’s free Neighborhood College program. Applications for the fall 2021 session open Monday, Aug. 30.
The program is geared toward Arlingtonians who want to become more involved in neighborhood and countywide issues. Participants will learn about many aspects of Arlington County government and practice core communication and influencing skills that are key to civic engagement and leadership.
Class sessions will be virtual and held from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. on Thursdays, from Oct. 7 through Dec. 9. Classes will feature conversations with County Board members, County staff, and local nonprofit leaders, among others.
Applications are due by Friday, Sept. 17. Applicants must be at least 18 years old, live in or own and operate a business in Arlington, and be willing to devote time and energy to improving their communities.
For more information about the program, email Naudy Martinez.
Arlington County employees must contact Naudy Martinez before applying.
About Neighborhood College
Launched in 2000, Neighborhood College is a key component of Arlington’s civic engagement infrastructure. The program seeks to strengthen our community by building broader, more diverse participation in civic life. Neighborhood College aims to prepare Arlingtonians to address issues in their neighborhoods or in the County as a whole, and to encourage their involvement in volunteer activities.
Nearly 400 participants have graduated from Neighborhood College. Many have gone on to become neighborhood leaders, members of advisory groups and commissions, officers in their civic associations, County Board members, volunteers at nonprofit organizations, local activists, and more. County Board members Katie Cristol (class of 2012) and Matt de Ferranti (class of 2017) deepened their engagement in civic affairs after participating in Neighborhood College.