Posted on August 26, 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 fall 2022 session is now open.

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 to civic engagement and leadership.

Class sessions will be virtual and will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Wednesdays from September 28 to November 16. They will include conversations with county board members, county staff, local nonprofit leaders, and more.

Apply to the neighborhood college

The application period will end once 30 applications have been submitted. 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 should 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.

Nearly 400 participants are graduates of Neighborhood College. Many have become neighborhood leaders, members of advisory groups and commissions, officers of their civic associations, county council members, volunteers for nonprofit 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

  • Places limited to 30 participants
  • Spanish interpretation is provided as needed
  • The course is FREE
  • Classes will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Wednesdays from September 28 to November 16
  • All sessions will take place online