The Resident Leadership Academy empowers residents in San Diego County communities. This empowerment leads to improved quality of life in neighborhoods; with changes promoting physical activity and healthy food choices. Have you ever wondered what you could do to improve the health of not only your family – but your entire community?

The Resident Leadership Academy empowers people with the knowledge, tools, strategies and commitment to make positive changes at the neighborhood level, increasing the quality of life to all residents that participate in the RLA and beginning with these initial pilot communities: Lemon Grove, National City, Southeastern San Diego and Oceanside.

The long-term plan involves empowerment of community members throughout San Diego County, the state and the nation, using a community-training curriculum, training manual and broad public outreach. The Resident Leadership Academy is a true investment in human capital within commonly overlooked neighborhoods that in the past have not been viewed as government priorities. These communities are now provided the opportunity to build leadership capacity and create positive changes in their neighborhoods.


Resident Driven Results – How Resident Leadership Academy Graduates are Driving Outcomes in their Communities – A Breakout Session at the 2018 #LiveWellAdvance.
Community Health Improvement Partners hosts this panel of Resident Leaders as they highlight their work in improving health, safety and economic outcomes in their neighborhoods, and get information on how to access resources to lead a community- driven improvement project in your neighborhood.

RLA Co-Founder, Dana Richardson (1:21:50), participated in the Boys and Men of Color Committee Hearing on Friday, January 26, 2018 at the San Diego Continuing Education’s North City Campus.

Pilot Communities


What: Community leaders and community-based organization staff will gain knowledge and skills to facilitate their own Resident Leadership Academy (RLA). RLAs are an authentic way to engage residents to bring positive changes to neighborhoods. RLAs provide powerful leverage to realize healthy, safe and thriving lives for all.
Who: We are inviting local leaders and community-based organization staff who are passionate and already active in improving low-resourced communities in San Diego. Every participant is expected to make a commitment to initiate an RLA soon after the training is completed.
Goal: Upon completion of this free non-consecutive, 4-day intensive training, you and your organization will be poised to implement a community-based Resident Leadership Academy (RLA).

To apply, please complete this form. and return to Yeni at

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Made possible by funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention through the County of San Diego