People's Academy for Community Engagement

This civic leadership development program is dedicated to teaching hands-on engagement and empowerment skills to emerging leaders in a multicultural environment. 

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

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 the effectiveness of community groups they work with.
  • Identify resources and avenues to empower communities and neighborhoods.
  • Cultivate a deeper appreciation of cultural competency and inclusive civic engagement.
  • Collaborate on a community projects with other PACE participants.
  • Learn from key community and civic leaders and build new relationships.

Upon graduation, participants will have refined their skills to be more effective in civic life and in working with community groups in community building and engagement efforts.

PACE Curriculum

The program begins with an orientation in September with graduation occurring in May. 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

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, PACE participants plan and implement a community-based project in small groups.