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AALDP provides a unique experience for leaders of color to open doors and make a difference in their communities.


In the Urban League’s African American Leadership Development Program (AALDP), participants will complete a mentally, physically, and philosophically challenging journey of personal and professional development.


  • Expand your network by connecting with more than two dozen other Black and African American leaders in the greater Cincinnati area.
  • Gain an intimate knowledge of critical issues facing people of color in Cincinnati and the workplace
  • Apply for scholarships toward the cost of tuition
  • Request information about payment plans


The African American Leadership Development Program is an immersive civic learning program that provides a rare opportunity for leaders to refine their personal and professional skills. AALDP participants work together to discover self, delve into critical community issues and explore lessons in leadership from senior leaders and advisers. The ten-month experience is both challenging and stimulating.


The prestigious AALDP is entering its 28th year and has graduated more than 800 leaders who are part of the fabric of the Greater Cincinnati community and communities across the United States. AALDP graduates continue to engage in key community issues and learning by joining the alumni network.



Session Information:

AALDP cohorts meet monthly for full-day sessions from September to June, including several retreats. The sessions focus on the critical issues facing Cincinnati and leaders of color, including health and wellness, culture, diversity, human services, education and government.


Participation is critical for the success of the program. Most AALDP sessions are held on the first Friday of the month and begin at 8 a.m. and end at approximately 5 p.m. Saturday sessions start at 8 a.m. and end no later than 2 p.m.


The safety of the AALDP participants is a top priority. To maintain a safe environment during 2021-2022 Cohort, the Urban League will follow local health department recommendations to ensure the safety of others.


The 2021-2022 Cohort will be a hybrid program. A substantial portion of the sessions will be conducted virtually and occasionally in person. All in-person sessions will require all AALDP participants to wear masks, follow social distancing guidelines, and complete a safety questionnaire.




OrientationSaturday, September 10, 2021

Camp Joy – Venture Out


Saturday, September 17-18, 2021
Friday 8 a.m. to Saturday 4 p.m. Friday
Mandatory Overnight Session
In-Person Event
Political & JudicialFriday, October 1, 2021

Cincinnati’s Rich Cultural History


Friday, November 5, 2021- 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, November 6, 2021- 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Not an Overnight Session
In-Person Event
Cultural Diversity & InclusionFriday, December 3, 2021
Power & InfluenceFriday, January 7, 2022
EconomicsFriday, February 4, 2022
Human ServicesFriday, March 4, 2022
EducationFriday, April 1, 2022
Health & WellnessFriday, May 6, 2022
LeadershipFriday, June 3, 2022
Graduation/NetworkSaturday, June 18, 2022


Tuition Information:

The cost of this premier professional development opportunity for Black and African American leaders is $3,850 per participant. Tuition includes the cost of all materials, program meals, transportation and excursion costs.


Full tuition for accepted candidates is due within the first 30 days following the 2021-2022 AALDP Cohort. Fortunately, the Urban League offers partial scholarships and payment plans.


The deadline to submit the application and recommendations is Thursday, September 9, 2021. For more information, contact [email protected].

Download AALDP Application



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Written by Crystal Kendrick

President of The Voice of Your Customer and founder of The Voice of Black Cincinnati.


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