Get Involved: Participating in a Leadership Program


Colorado has many leadership programs designed to help individuals develop skills that will help them to more effectively contribute to their communities.  The following is a list of some of the leadership programs in the Denver Metro area.


List of Resources
  • The mission of the African-American Leadership Institute (AALI) is to develop leadership skills that empower individuals to become influential citizens who successfully author and implement solutions to the needs of businesses and the community. Since 1990, AALI has graduated 227 individuals and provided mentoring to over 15,000 boys and girls in grades 5-12. For more information, please contact AALI at 303.299.9064 or, or visit their website at
  • The goal of the Circle of Latina Leadership is to create, train, and nurture a network of Latina leaders who understand the critical issues affecting the Latino community in Denver and can implement strategies to address them. The Circle of Latina Leadership educates and mentors young and emerging Latina leaders to empower their community through advocacy, skill training, and community advocacy. For more information, please contact CLLARO at
  • The Colorado Black Chamber of Commerce (CBCC) Chamber Connect is designed to offer 10 weeks of executive training and networking opportunities for business, community, and entrepreneurial leaders in Colorado. CBCC Chamber Connect participants will interact with members of the CBCC Board of Directors, as well as Colorado's mayors, governor, business and community leaders at various networking events throughout the Denver Metro area. Also, they will have the opportunity to gain an inside view of the various programs of the Chamber including economic development, public affairs, leadership programs, small business development, and networking. For more information, please contact CBCC Chamber Connect at 303.831.0720 or, or visit their website at
  • The Colorado Institute for Leadership Training (CILT) was created to provide emerging leaders with the information and skill they need to make a difference in our times. The CILT is committed to the principles of collaborative problem solving, consensus-based decision-making, and the celebration of diversity. They believe that societal improvement can only take place through collective action. For more information, please contact the CILT at 303.374.1673, or visit their website at
  • The mission of the Colorado Progressive Coalition (CPC) is to build coalitions, conduct research, organize communities, get out the vote, develop new leaders, and work with elected officials to build a progressive future for Colorado on issues of racial, economic, environmental, and social justice. CPC has Leadership Academies located in the Aurora and Pueblo communities. For more information, please contact the CPC at 303.866.0908 or, or visit their website at
  • The Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce is a customer-focused membership organization dedicated to providing its members with value-added benefits, collaborating and convening with other community organizations to achieve mutual goals, representing its members' interests in government and legislative issues, enhancing our region's global competitiveness, and ensuring the highest standards for an improved community quality of life. The following are a few leadership programs the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce has. For more information about any of these programs, please contact the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce at 303.534.8500 or, or visit their website at
  • The Hispanic Leadership Development Program is sponsored by the Hispanic Chamber Education Foundation, which, in collaboration with Metropolitan State University of Denver identified the need for a culturally relevant leadership development program for mid-level professionals. The primary goal of the program is to identify business professionals interested in advancing their careers by expanding their leadership skills and their ability to contribute to their organizations, the community, and the business sector. For more information, visit the program’s website at

  • The mission of Mi Casa Resource Center for Women is to advance the self-sufficiency of primarily low-income Latinas and youth. Mi Casa offers a number of programs to achieve this goal, including their leadership development program, Leadership for Community Change, which seeks to create youth and adult partnerships in order to inspire community change. Through this program, Mi Casa hopes to develop a diverse community leadership, improve the Denver community through community mobilization and action, and achieve a shared vision of a just community. For more information, please contact Mi Casa Resource Center for Women at 303.573.1302 or, or visit their website at
  • The Strengthening Neighborhoods Program (SNP) is The Denver Foundation's grassroots neighborhood grantmaking program. SNP works directly with residents of ten Metro Denver neighborhoods to help build upon the strengths and assets already present in their neighborhoods to make them better places to live. SNP offers the Neighborhood Leadership Development Program (NLDP), a free eight-month training program that runs from October through June each year. Learn what it takes to become a neighborhood leader as you develop and implement an actual neighborhood project. The program is also available for Spanish-speakers. For more information, please contact Strengthening Neighborhoods at 303.300.1790 or visit The Denver Foundation's website,
  • Young People For (YP4) is a strategic long-term leadership development program that is committed to investing in the next generation of leaders and building a long-term national network for young progressives. YP4 serves motivated, socially aware, diverse and creative young adults who are emerging leaders in their communities, and works with them to create positive change in their communities while empowering the newest generations of skilled, progressive leaders who will lead with progressive values, make progress in their communities today, and create sustainable change over the long term. They offer resources, guidance and a wide variety of ongoing opportunities for young leaders to connect with other progressive leaders and organizations, plan and execute projects of their choosing and learn valuable leadership, communication, organizing, collaboration, and advocacy skills. For more information, please visit their website at