New American Leadership Academy

2022 NALA Summit participants

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The New American Leadership Academy (NALA) is a leadership and professional development program focused on civic engagement for New American residents. Participants receive mentorship, professional development and learn about topics such as government, civic responsibility, and implicit bias. The participants are selected based on their demonstrated readiness to grow and enhance their knowledge of civic engagement, community stewardship, leadership, and discover new ways to contribute to our community.


Knowledge gained from the program will equip participants with the skills needed to empower their communities in a culturally appropriate manner. The program includes:

  • Lectures and presentations on local government, public policy, and neighborhood and community leadership
  • Completion of a service project that reflects the skills learned in the program
  • Engagement with community and government leaders

By the end of the program, participants will have the skills necessary to navigate local governments and, in turn, help not only themselves and their professional development but, empower their communities to do the same. The academy is open to all qualified applicants 18 years or older with a high school diploma or equivalent.


The application for the 2024 cohort of the New American Leadership Academy has closed. Please check this space in Fall of 2024 to find the application for the 2024 cohort. 

Program Calendar 2024 Cohort
See the calendar of events for the 2024 New American Leadership Academy class.

View the alumni of the New American Leadership Academy.