Mayor Luke Ravenstahl announced that applications are available for the City’s third Civic Leadership Academy (CLA), a free 10-week course designed to educate residents about local government in the City of Pittsburgh.
Beginning September 14, and ending November 16, 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.
"This unique program provides interested residents the opportunity to learn how their local government operates to improve their communities," said Mayor Ravenstahl. "It is our hope that, through this program, participants will be inspired to become more informed, effective community and municipal leaders."
The program consists of 10 consecutive sessions on Wednesday 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.
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. Past service projects have included planting native plants at the Larimer Community Garden and launching a recycling awareness campaign at community festivals across the City.
“We encourage Civic Leadership Academy graduates to be creative in planning and implementing this project,” Ravenstahl said.
This is the third CLA program. The first program took place in Fall 2010, and the second in Spring 2011. The Mayor recently expanded the CLA program to include a summer program for high-school aged youths as part of his servePGH initiative. That course is currently underway and students are expected to graduate on August 10.
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., August 3. For more information and to apply for the Civic Leadership Academy visit cla.pittsburghpa.gov.