Improve your civic leadership skills at the People’s Academy for Community Engagement

Now accepting applications through October 1; classes begin October 13

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is accepting applications to the People’s Academy for Community Engagement (PACE), its civic leadership development program, for the next wave of community leaders. The Fall Quarter will be held on Saturdays beginning October 13 and running through November 10.

During the 5-week program, 25-30 emerging leaders (18 years and up) learn hands-on strategies for community building, accessing government, and inclusive engagement from experts in the field. PACE has a strong focus on Seattle’s community and the city’s governmental structure and processes.

The classes will be held on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute. Topics include: Approaches to Leadership, Accessing City Government, Community Organizing, Building Relationships with Local Media, Public Speaking, Conflict Resolution, and more. Tuition is $100, and there is tuition assistance available.

To apply, visit seattle.gov/PACE. The application deadline for the upcoming Fall Quarter is Monday, October 1 at 5:00 p.m.

PACE is offered three times a year: winter, spring and fall. Applications for all quarters are accepted on a rolling basis. For more information, visit our webpage and for questions, email PACE@seattle.gov.

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Join the Seattle Youth Commission

Calling all Seattle teenagers!

This is your chance to stand up and make a difference in your community while also developing leadership skills to propel you into the future!

The City of Seattle is accepting applications for the Seattle Youth Commission (SYC), a group of Seattle teens from all over the city who are appointed by the Mayor and City Council to connect youth to local elected officials, advise on City policies, and discuss issues faced by youth in Seattle.

Commissioners serve a two-year term beginning in September 2018 and ending June 2020.  The commissioners will meet the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month at Seattle City Hall from 4:30 – 6pm and will have additional committee commitments. In addition, the commissioners are required to attend a half-day retreat on Saturday, September 22.

APPLY NOW

To apply, please complete and submit this online application by July 16 at 5pm.

  • Interviews for applicants will be held on August 6 and 8 from 4 – 6pm.
  • The deadline to apply is Monday, July 16 at 5pm.

For more information visit our website at seattle.gov/syc. If you have questions, contact seattleyouthcommission@seattle.gov or call 206-256-5970.

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Seattle Youth Commission now accepting applications

The City of Seattle is now accepting applications for the Seattle Youth Commission (SYC), a 15-member commission ages 13-19 that addresses issues of importance to youth. Appointed by the Mayor and Seattle City Council, youth serving on this commission work with elected officials, City staff, community leaders, and young people citywide to make positive changes in their communities through policy, organizing, and events. The deadline to apply is Monday, July 16 at 5:00 p.m.

Commissioners serve a two-year term beginning in September 2018 and ending June 2020.  The commissioners meet the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month at Seattle City Hall from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. and will have additional committee commitments. In addition, the commissioners are required to attend a half-day retreat on Saturday, September 22.

Apply

To apply, please complete and submit this online application by July 16 at 5pm.

Interviews for applicants will be held on August 6 and 8 from 4 – 6 p.m.

For questions, contact seattleyouthcommission@seattle.gov or call 206-256-5970.

SYC Projects

In addition to representing youth across the city, commissioners receive hands-on experience in the public sector and learn how to cultivate the youth voice in city policy. Here is a sampling of the projects the SYC has worked on this year:

  • Research marketing and recruitment strategies to increase enrollment in Seattle Public Schools’ Career Technical Education Skills Center to recommend to the Office of Economic Development.
  • Collaborated with the Mayor’s Chief of Police Search Committee to facilitate a youth forum on selecting the new Chief of Police.
  • Advised the Department of Education and Early Learning on top priorities to consider for the 2018 Families and Education Levy.

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People’s Academy for Community Engagement now accepting applications

Deadline to apply is Monday, May 21.

Spring Quarter classes begin June 2.

We are now accepting applications to the People’s Academy for Community Engagement (PACE), our civic leadership development program for the next wave of community leaders. The Spring Quarter begins June 2 and runs through June 30.

During the 5-week program, 25-30 emerging leaders (18 years and up) will learn hands-on strategies for community building, accessing government, and inclusive engagement from experts in the field. PACE has a strong focus on Seattle’s community and the city’s governmental structure and processes.

Spring Quarter will be held on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute. Topics include: Approaches to Leadership, Accessing City Government, Community Organizing, Inclusive Outreach and Public Engagement, Public Speaking, Conflict Resolution, and more.

Tuition for the 5-week program is $100. Tuition assistance is available. To apply, visit seattle.gov/PACE. Applications for all quarters are accepted on a rolling basis. The application deadline for the upcoming Spring Quarter is Monday, May 21 at 5:00 p.m.

Given the popularity of the program, PACE is offered three times a year: winter, spring and fall. If you have questions, email PACE@seattle.gov.

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Join the Next Wave of Community Leaders: People’s Academy for Community Engagement now accepting applications

Learn how City government works, build your leadership skills, and practice ways to make your voice heard!

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is accepting applications to the People’s Academy for Community Engagement (PACE), our civic leadership development program aimed at cultivating the next wave of community leaders. The winter quarter begins February 24 and runs through March 24.

During the 5-week program, 25-30 emerging leaders (18 years and up) will learn hands-on strategies for community building, accessing government, and inclusive engagement from experts in the field. PACE has a strong focus on Seattle’s community and neighborhood organizations and the city of Seattle’s governmental structure and processes.

Winter quarter will be held on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute. Topics include:

  • Approaches to Leadership
  • Accessing City Government
  • Community Organizing
  • Inclusive Outreach and Public Engagement
  • Public Speaking
  • Conflict Resolution
  • …and more.

Tuition for the five-week program is $100. Tuition assistance is available. To apply, visit seattle.gov/PACE. Applications for all quarters are accepted on a rolling basis. The application deadline for the upcoming Winter Quarter is Monday, February 5 at 5:00 p.m.

Given the popularity of the program, PACE is offered three times a year: winter, spring and fall. For more information, visit our webpage and for questions, email PACE@seattle.gov.

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