January 25, 2011 |

Apply for Civic Leadership Academy to see how city government works

Applications are available for the city's second Civic Leadership Academy, a free 10-week course designed to educate residents about local government in the City of Pittsburgh.

Beginning March 15, and ending May 17, participants will attend weekly sessions focusing on different city departments and the services they provide to make for a safer, more livable city. City directors will develop their sessions with tours, hands-on demonstrations and fun activities to provide an up-close and personal view of how their department helps to operate the city.

The program consists of 10 consecutive sessions on Tuesday evenings from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Session topics include city organization and vision; budgeting processes; city planning and economic development; public works and parks services; the protection of water and rivers; public safety efforts, and more. At the conclusion of the course, the mayor will lead a graduation ceremony where participants will be awarded certificates.

The first Civic Leadership Academy class graduated last November.

"Our inaugural class was a resounding success," Mayor Luke Ravenstahl said. "The students wanted to immediately get to work and give back. They are now developing a service project that addresses a challenge facing our City that they learned about during the Civic Leadership Academy."

While the first class is voluntarily participating in a service project, the Civic Leadership Academy now includes a post-graduation service component.

Students are expected to participate in a group, participant-led service project at the conclusion of the course. This project will build on the knowledge gained in the sessions, address a need in the City of Pittsburgh, and be completed within six months of the graduation ceremony.

Applicants to the program must be at least 18-years-old and live within Pittsburgh city limits and/or be a business owner who operates a business within Pittsburgh city limits. Applications are due by 5 p.m., February 8.

For more information and to apply for the Civic Leadership Academy visit cla. pittsburghpa.gov.

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