Citizens Leadership Academy
Citizens Leadership Academy is a series of classes offered each spring and fall to help you develop your skills as a neighborhood or community leader. Many graduates of the Citizens Leadership Academy go on to leadership roles in neighborhood organizations, Citizens Advisory Councils (CACs) and service on City of Raleigh boards and commissions.
Who May Attend
Citizens Leadership Academy is free of charge for residents of the City of Raleigh and its area of extraterritorial jurisdiction. Other residents of Wake County may attend on a space-available basis for a fee of $100.00 for the twelve (12) week session.
Class size is limited to 25 to encourage participants to interact with each other and with instructors.
Class Schedule, Location
Each Citizens Leadership Academy session consists of twelve classes focused on three major themes:
- Leadership Development
- Communication Dynamics
- Asset-Based Community Development.
The Spring 2013 session will be held 6 pm to 8 pm on Thursdays, March 7 - May 30, at the Five Points Center for Active Adults.
The center is located at 2000 Noble Road, Raleigh, NC 27608 and is hosting the classes under a partnership agreement with the City of Raleigh Community Services Department.
The Spring 2013 session includes:
Leadership Development (March 7, 14, 21 and April 4)
This module integrates personal and group leadership dynamics by focusing on leadership style, facilitation and group dynamics.
Communication Dynamics (April 11, 18, 25 and May 2)
This module explores the techniques for effectively communicating with individuals and groups.
Asset-Based Community Development (May 9, 16, 30 and June 6) This module explores a framework for neighborhood organizing known as Asset- Based Community Development. The ABCD model engages the talents and skills of neighborhood residents and groups to improve their quality of life through civic partnerships.
Clara Davis, "Although, the overall concept of the Citizens Leadership Academy program is based on Community Development, I strongly encourage anyone interested in leadership skills to take this course. These are skills that you can take back to your workplace, community, neighborhood, even use in your personal life. If you are thinking of becoming involved in community service in any way, [then] CLA IS a must!"
The Spring 2013 Session is now full. Applications will still be accepted and be placed on the wait list. Wait List members receive priority for the Fall Session. Your application will be considered in the order it is received. You may apply online or print out an application to submit by mail.
You must complete a minimum of eighty percent (80%) of the twelve (12) classes to receive the Academy Leadership Plaque. The plaque will be presented in a separate recognition ceremony for all the the graduates of the program.