Apply to Neighborhood College Starting Aug. 3

Published on August 03, 2020

Athe pull of profound issues and recent events elicits a rising tide of activismequip yourself to drive positive change in your community through Arlington's freeNeighborhood College programApplications for theFall 2020 Session open Monday, Aug. 3, 2020.

The program is geared toward Arlingtonians who want to effect change by becoming more involved in neighborhood and Countywide issues. Participants will learn about many aspects of Arlington County government and practice core communication and influencing skills, key to civic engagement and leadership.

Class sessions will be virtual and held on Thursdays, Oct. 1- Nov. 19, from 6:30 — 9:30 p.m. The sessions will feature conversations with County Board members, County staff, local non-profit leaders and more.

Applications are due Friday, Aug. 28. Applicants must live in Arlington, be 18 or older, and be willing to devote time and energy to improving their communities.

For more information about the program, call 703-228-7933 or email

About Neighborhood College

Launched in 2000Neighborhood College is a key component of Arlington's civic engagement infrastructure. The program seeks to strengthen the community by building broader, more diverse participation in civic life. Neighborhood College aims to prepare Arlingtonians to address issues in their neighborhoods or in the County as a whole, and to encourage their involvement in volunteer activities.

Nearly 400 participants have graduated from Neighborhood College. Many have gone on to become neighborhood leaders, members of advisory groups and commissions, officers in their civic associations, County Board members, volunteers at nonprofit organizations, local activists and more. County Board members Katie Cristol (class of 2012) and Matt de Ferranti (class of 2017) deepened their engagement in civic affairs after participating in Neighborhood College.  

What You Need to Know

  • Apply by Aug. 28, 2020

  • Space limited to 25 participants

  • Spanish interpretation provided as needed

  • Course is FREE 

  • Classes will be held on Thursdays, Oct. 1 — Nov. 19, 6:30 p.m. — 9:30 p.m.

  • All sessions will be conducted online