New American Leadership Institute

The application for the 2019 New American Leadership Institute is now CLOSED.
Please check back for updates on our 2019 cohort of New American Leaders!

About the Program

The New American Leadership Institute (NALI) is an annual six-session civics academy for emerging immigrant & refugee leaders to learn about the structure of local government, hone leadership skills, network with peers, and identify opportunities for civic participation in which they can act as ambassadors for their communities.


  • Strengthen leadership skills of immigrant and refugee participants
  • Develop a network of immigrant and refugee leaders
  • Prepare immigrants and refugees to navigate and engage local government and key city agencies
  • Increase immigrant and refugee civic participation in municipal government, community associations, and boards
  • Promote immigrant and refugee integration at a neighborhood level¬†
  • Empower immigrant leaders in Baltimore City to act as representatives on behalf of their respective communities


Topic Date & Time Location
Session 1: Leadership 101 Wednesday, October 2
5:30 - 8:30 PM
City Hall
Session 2: Navigating Government Wednesday, October 9
5:30 - 8:30 PM
City Hall
Session 3: Racial Equity in Baltimore  Saturday, October 19
10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Central Library
Session 4: Our Water, Our Environment, Our Responsibility Wednesday, October 30
5:30 - 8:30 PM
Ashburton Filtration Plant
Session 5: Team Building & Financial Literacy Saturday, November 2
10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
The Y in Waverly
Session 6: Leading the Way & Graduation Wednesday, November 6
5:30 - 8:30 PM
City Hall