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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.

Click here to view the list of 2013 participants.

2013 PACE students

PACE Curriculum:

Sessions are held monthly and topics include:

DATE

TOPIC

September 11

PACE Orientation

September 17

Session #1: Approaches to Leadership

October 15

Session #2: Accessing Government

November 19

Session #3: Community Organizing

December 17

Session #4: Inclusive Outreach and Public Engagement

January 21

Session #5: Meeting Facilitation

February 18

Session #6: Public Speaking

March 18

Session #7: Conflict Management

April 15

Session #8: Sustaining Involvement

May 20

PACE Graduation

 

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 – two in each of the north, south, and central regions of Seattle. In October, PACE participants will be grouped in teams of 4 or 5, and each team will each select one project to work on this year.  To see the final project selections, please click here.  

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.

Click to view a list of 2013 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 over this past year. Advisory board members serve two years.

Click to view a list of 2013-14 PACE Advisory Board members.

 

 

   
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