The Future Dreamers Civic Leadership Academy is a community-centered course that focuses on developing and highlighting leaders in the south and southwest communities of Louisville.

This program is for emerging leaders who want to:

  • Learn more about the south end and southwest Louisville
  • Build connections with others who care about South Louisville
  • Grow your professional and community network
  • Meet┬álocal community leaders and decision-makers
  • Gain knowledge of South Louisville community assets and opportunities
  • Explore and engage with the stories of South Louisville
  • Build the skills necessary to address priorities in the south and southwest Louisville region
  • Become lifelong advocates and ambassadors to improve quality of life in south and southwest Louisville

2021 Cohort Timeline

September 1, 2020 | 2021 Future Dreamers Cohort application opens
October 13, 2020 | 2021 application closes
Week of October 26, 2020 | 2021 Cohort notified
November 9 – December 18, 2020 | One-on-one meetings with Southwest Dream Team Board Members and 2021 Future Dreamers Cohort

January 2021 | Virtual pre-requisite programming
February 2, 2021* | In-person programming begins, Session #1
February 9, 2021* | Session #2
February 16, 2021* | Session #3
February 23, 2021* | Session #4
March 2, 2021* | Session #5

*All in-person programming dates subject to change.


Topics Covered:

  • Asset-Based Community Development
  • Housing and Neighborhood Development
  • Local Economies
  • Local Government
  • The Future of South Louisville


  • Open to all residents of the greater Louisville area, community leaders, business owners and their employees, students, homeowners, renters, and everyone in between.
  • Must be able to attend 4 out of 5 sessions.

Course Fee: $125
Includes materials and catered dinner served at each session
Scholarships are available. Indicate your request for a scholarship on the application form, or contact Rebecca Katz at