Calling All Neighborhood College Community Advocates – Official Arlington County Virginia Government Website


Posted on March 07, 2022

Learn how to become a neighborhood advocate and create positive change in your community with the free Neighborhood College of Arlington County program. The application period for the spring 2022 session is now open. It closes on April 1, 2022.

The program is for Arlingtonians who want to become more involved in neighborhood and county issues. Participants will learn many aspects of Arlington County government and practice basic communication and influencing skills essential for civic engagement and leadership.

Class sessions will be virtual and will be held on Tuesdays, April 19 through June 7, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. They will include conversations with county council members, county staff, local leaders to non-profit, and more.

Apply to the neighborhood college

Applications must be submitted by Friday, April 1. Applicants must be at least 18 years old, live or own and operate a business in Arlington, and be willing to devote time and energy to improving their communities.

For more information on the program, write to Naudy Martinez.

Arlington County Employees: Contact Naudy Martinez BEFORE applying.

About Neighborhood College

Launched in 2000, Neighborhood College is a key part of Arlington’s civic engagement infrastructure. The program aims to strengthen our community by creating broader and more diverse participation in civic life. Neighborhood College aims to prepare Arlingtonians to solve problems in their neighborhood or the county at large, and to encourage their participation in volunteer activities.

NOTFirst 400 participants graduated from Neighborhood College. Many became neighborhood leaders, members of advisory groups and commissions, officers of their civic associations, county council members, volunteers in non-profit organizations, local activists, and more. County Council members Katie Cristol (Class of 2012) and Matt de Ferranti (Class of 2017) deepened their engagement in civic affairs after attending Neighborhood College.

What do you want to know

  • Apply before April 1, 2022
  • Places limited to 40 participants
  • Spanish interpretation is provided as needed
  • The course is FREE
  • Classes will take place on Tuesdays from April 19 to June 7 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • All sessions will take place online

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