Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Openings on City's People’s Academy for Community Engagement

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods shared this information:

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is accepting applications, through May 21, to the People’s Academy for Community Engagement (PACE), its civic leadership development program for the next wave of community leaders. The Spring Quarter begins June 2 and runs through June 30. 
During the 5-week program, 25-30 emerging leaders (18 years and up) will learn hands-on strategies for community building, accessing government, and inclusive engagement from experts in the field. PACE has a strong focus on Seattle's community and the city's governmental structure and processes.  
Spring Quarter will be held on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute. Topics include: Approaches to Leadership, Accessing City Government, Community Organizing, Inclusive Outreach and Public Engagement, Public Speaking, Conflict Resolution, and more. 
Tuition for the 5-week program is $100. Tuition assistance is available. To apply, visit Applications for all quarters are accepted on a rolling basis. The application deadline for the upcoming Spring Quarter is Monday, May 21 at 5:00 p.m. 
Given the popularity of the program, PACE is offered three times a year: winter, spring and fall. For more information, visit our webpage and for questions, email

Kathy Nyland, former Director of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods said:

PACE is a program that was started several years ago to help those with an interest in government gain skills to better navigate politics and our municipality. The program has evolved over time but has remained true to its purpose - being an entry point for emerging leaders to develop more effective leadership skills. 
This annual program is now offered three times a year and sessions range from Land Use 101 to Accessing Government to Public Speaking. 2018 should be a banner year for this program as we continue to expand its reach and engage even more community members. In addition to the three sessions, PACE will be experimenting with pop-ups (customized one-day trainings) and exploring the possibility of webinars as we continue creating opportunities and broadening access.

Learn more about the program or register for Spring quarter on the website.

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