The Center for Neighborhood Leadership aims to train and nurture young leaders who will help working families and underrepresented communities in the Phoenix area. Projects include planting orchards and vegetable gardens in south Phoenix and organizing parents, students, board members and teachers to join together to create safe schools and neighborhoods. CNL also offers Emerging Leader scholarships to civically engaged student leaders in Arizona colleges and universities.
“In 2014, we’ve developed at least 15 brand-new leaders and four brand-new block watches, which allows communities to advocate for themselves and understand how the city structure works,” says executive director Joseph Larios. “All of our projects have coalesced behind one major comprehensive policy push throughout the city of Phoenix, which is the municipal I.D. It’s already starting to move through the bureaucracy to become reality in 2015.”