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Academy for Local Leadership

Acting on requests from public officials and agency directors, we conduct The Academy for Local Leadership (formerly known as Project ALL) to orient participants about and prepare them for service on a nonprofit board or public commission. Past participants in The Academy now serve on the Lincoln City Council, on city and county commissions and volunteer with a number of Lincoln’s nonprofit organizations.

One of the original ideas behind The Academy was to connect and provide leadership training for a wide variety of people with or an interest in minority and under-represented voices. Upon completion of the program encourage them to engage in the community on boards and commissions to help broaden the diversity of those involved in leading our community.

Participants in The Academy for Local Leadership take part in day-long seminars covering topics such as budgeting, the non-profit agencies and public commissions of Lincoln, how to conduct and participate in a meeting and what it means to serve on a board or commission. As graduates, they are then encouraged to get involved in leadership of one or more organizations or commissions.

Project ALL Program Schedule

  • Seven Seminars (September-March)
    Seven Seminars (September-March)

    All-day seminars scheduled on a Wednesday each month. Seminars include an overview of not-for profit agencies and City of Lincoln commissions and committees. Presentations provide opportunities to learn what it means to serve on a non-profit or governmental Board of Directors or commission, and what are the roles and responsibilities of such service.
    Attendance is required at 80% of the programming hours involved in those seminars.

  • Community Service
    Community Service

    At the conclusion of the program, participants will pledge their service to a local organization/commission and be matched with experienced Board of Directors members as mentors for ongoing guidance and support.

  • No tuition fee for participants
    No tuition fee for participants

    The Community Health Endowment's generous support makes it possible to offer the program at no charge to participants.


Project ALL also provides education to community organizations and agencies about the recruitment and retention of traditionally under-represented groups and the benefits of diverse leadership.


Meet the members of Project ALL XII (2018-2019)

Meet Two Project ALL Alumni!