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Apply now to be part of city’s Civic Leadership Academy


Applications are now available for the spring 2013 Civic Leadership Academy (CLA), a free 10-week course designed to educate residents about local government in the City of Pittsburgh.

“The Civic Leadership Academy is a wonderful, unique program that invites residents to learn about our local government,” Mayor Luke Ravenstahl said. “To date, 149 city residents have graduated from the academy, with a better understanding of the jobs our great city workers do and a deeper appreciation for public service.”

The 10-week course, beginning on March 13 and ending May 15, provides up to 30 participants the opportunity to meet city directors and staff members and to gain hands-on experience in how city departments are working to ensure a safer, more livable city. Participants will have the opportunity to meet with City Planning, the URA, the Department of Public Works, Parks and Recreation, BBI, Animal Control and many more departments.

Throughout the sessions, participants will learn about budgeting processes; city planning and economic development; public works and parks services; the protection of water and rivers; public safety efforts, and more.

The interactive sessions include walking tours, hands-on demonstrations, activities, and question and answer sessions, designed to give residents an up-close and personal view of how each department helps the City operate. At the conclusion of the course, the participants will put their new-found knowledge to use to plan their own service project.

In past years, program participants have participated in block revitalization projects, anti-litter campaigns and fundraising efforts. Recently, the fall 2012 Civic Leadership Academy raised approximately $1,000 for the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank.

City directors will develop their sessions to include tours, hands-on demonstrations and fun activities to provide an up-close and personal view of how their department helps to operate the city. At the conclusion of the course, the mayor will lead a graduation ceremony where participants will be awarded certificates.

To date, seven classes totaling 149 residents have graduated from the Civic Leadership Academy. The Youth Civic Leadership Academy, for high school aged youth, will release its 2013 application this spring.

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 within Pittsburgh City limits. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Friday February 22. For more information and to apply for the Civic Leadership Academy, visit


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