This week, the Resident Leadership Academy, a program designed to “provide training and build leadership skills for residents interested in taking a more active role in civic life within their development and/or community” was featured in metro. The program, offered as a partnership amongst the Fund for Public Housing, New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), and the Murphy Institute, will offer course credit to NYCHA residents through the Murphy Institute, developing skills, knowledge and leadership potential among NYCHA residents.
With 326 developments and more than 400,000 residents across the city, the New York City Housing Authority serves a large number of New Yorkers, but often, public housing is overshadowed by the city’s other for-the-public facilities like transit, parks, education and art.
That’s why, as part of NextGeneration NYCHA, the agency is launching its Resident Leadership Academy this month to empower its future from within.
Leadership Academy launches Wednesday with an orientation, and classes run from Jan. 22 through May 24. The 20 participants, who range from teens to retirees and hail from all five boroughs, will earn up to 16 free college credits via four classes through the Murphy Institute/CUNY School of Professional Studies. Most residents, who needed to have a high school diploma or equivalency to be eligible, will likely take one course a semester to complete the program in two years.
Classes cover the fundamentals of public housing, community organizing, strategies used by nonprofits and data interpretation, which students can bring back to their communities and apply.