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People's Academy for Community Engagement (PACE)

People's Academy for Community Engagement (PACE) is our civic leadership development program dedicated to building the skills of community members in a multicultural participatory learning environment. Participants learn hands-on strategies in community organizing, community-building, neighborhood planning, leadership, and outreach specifically to underrepresented communities. It focuses on the city of Seattle’s governmental structure and processes and the role of its neighborhoods.

Our vision is "a city government of all people, by all people, and for all people." 

The Participants: 
The class is designed for 25-30 emerging leaders who are newly engaged in the community and want to acquire additional skills to be more effective in civic leadership. PACE participants have the opportunity to:

  • Refine their organizing and communication skills.
  • Increase their community and individual capacity to sustain vital neighborhoods.
  • Identify resources and avenues to empower communities.
  • Cultivate a deeper appreciation of cultural competency and inclusive civic engagement.

PACE students

In addition, PACE participants collaborate on projects and build new relationships with community leaders. Upon graduation, they will have refined their skills to be more effective in civic life working with other community groups in community building and engagement efforts.

View the list of 2013-14 graduates.

2013-14 PACE Graduates

PACE Curriculum:

Sessions are held monthly and topics include:

Approaches to Leadership

Accessing Government

Community Organizing

Inclusive Outreach and Public Engagement

Meeting Facilitation

Public Speaking

Conflict Management

Sustaining Involvement

 

The program begins with an orientation in September with graduation occurring in May.  applications are accepted in the spring.  The program has a small tuition (tuition assistance is available).

PACE Community Projects:

In addition to learning hands-on strategies in community organizing, community-building, neighborhood planning, leadership, and outreach, PACE participants will collaborate with neighborhood groups to plan, engage in, and implement six community projects across the city.

Our Facilitators:
Our facilitators come from community and nonprofit organizations, and city of Seattle departments with expertise in the session content and the ability to engage a group and elicit participation.

View a list of 2013-14 facilitators.

PACE Advisory Board:
This board of community activists, community leaders, and leadership experts helps to steer the development of this program. Their visionary and creative input has been invaluable to the success of the program. Advisory board members serve two years.

View the list of our 2013-14 Board members.

 

For more information, please contact Wendy Watson.

   
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