What is CCL?

The Center for Community Leadership (CCL) trains grassroots leaders and supports community organizations with the skills, resources, and networking opportunities needed to strengthen their potential to affect sustainable community change.

Why This Matters

Effective organizing requires organizers to have and constantly update/increase/advance their skills and capacities. A consequence of not supporting the growth of entry through senior-level organizers consistently leads to staff burnout and turnover, as well as ineffective campaign strategies. Most troubling, it contributes to the underrepresentation of marginalized people in leadership positions within the community development and social justice movement overall by making success and advancement more difficult to obtain. The Center for Community Leadership helps organizers to build both their abilities and their resilience so they can stay productive in this work for the long-term.

The Impact and Network Created

Since 2009, 227 individuals have gone through a CCL training program, and 98 community organizations have been involved in this unique opportunity.

Examples of campaigns participants have worked on include:


NYS Rent Law Reform

Right to Counsel in Housing Court

Basement Apartments Safe for Everyone Campaign (BASE)

Policing Reform Campaigns

Certificate of No Harassment (CONH)

Climate Justice

Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Ending Solitary Confinement

Ending the School to Prison Pipeline

Language Access at City Agencies

421a Reform

Lift the Caps Street Vendor Campaign

Numerous Neighborhood by Neighborhood Rezoning Campaigns

NYC Rent Freeze/Roll Back Campaign

Predatory Equity Campaigns

Stand For Tenant Safety, Department of Buildings Reform Campaign

Click here to see the full list of community organizations who we have worked with through CCL.

Our Alumni

Post-graduation, we continue supporting CCLers and the organizing movement with ongoing educational and networking opportunities. Alumni stay connected through our LinkedIn page and through our Facebook Group. If you'd like to be added, please contact our Program Coordinator, Aixin Li at Aixin.L@anhd.org.

Frequently Asked Questions

Not sure if you should apply? Still wondering if CCL and the CCL Organizing Academy is right for you? Contact Armando Moritz-Chapelliquen with any questions you may have.

Recents Blogs and Media

August 20, 2018
The CNL Organizing Apprenticeship Program has a new Training Coordinator
July 9, 2018
The Next Generation of Organizing Community Leaders