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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People’s Academy for Community Engagement’s (PACE) Seminar on Advocacy Rocks the House!

Shared Five Tools You Can Use to Fight for your Cause

In December, 25 brave souls came out on a dark and stormy night to learn about how to fight for their cause. The seminar “Democracy Needs You! Five Essential Advocacy Tools that will Shape Your World” was facilitated by professor and long-time community activist Nancy Amidei at the UW School of Social Work. She covered the basic functions of our three branches of government, how a bill becomes a law, and gave effective advocacy tools. 

So what are the five tools to make your voice heard amongst our elected officials?  Here’s a quick recap if you weren’t able to make it*:

1)      Sign up for good “alerts”- Identify an advocacy group that works on issues you care most about and get on their legislative alerts in order to stay in the loop.

2)      Use the telephone or write to your elected officials about what you want them to do related to your issue. 

3)      Help others by making cards with websites, telephone numbers, and dates when legislature is in session for either local, state, or federal government.  Give them out to everyone you encounter and have them pledge to make one toll-free call or email every week the legislature is in session. 

4)      Advertise your issue.  Anytime you are around elected officials wear or carry something that identifies you with your issue or agency.

5)      Talk. Mention key bills, issues, and budget items at every opportunity.  Talk to anybody who will listen.  Get your key issues on other voters radar screens.

Want to attend future free seminars like this?  Contact Wendy Watson at the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods about getting on our seminar notification list. wendy.watson@seattle.gov 

The People’s Academy for Community Engagement (PACE) is a civic leadership development program of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods that builds the skills of emerging community leaders. Applications for this fall’s 2015-16 program will begin this spring.

(*adapted from Nancy Amidei’s materials from the Civic Engagement Project)

 

 

 

Space Still Available for the Learn the Basics of Advocacy and how Government Works FREE Seminar

We still have a few spots left for our seminar this evening!  Please RSVP to Wendy Watson at wendy.watson@seattle.gov if you would like to attend.

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods’ People’s Academy for Community Engagement (PACE) presents its fall seminar, “Democracy Needs You! Five Essential Advocacy Tools that will Shape Your World.” Forget the days of “Schoolhouse Rock” – our guest expert facilitator, professor, and long-time community activist Nancy Amidei is the real deal. This seminar will cover the basic functions of our three branches of government, how a bill becomes a law, and five effective advocacy tools.

Join us for an engaging evening of learning, networking, and fun. The seminar is on Wednesday, December 3, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the University of Washington School of Social Work, Room 305-A.

There is a parking lot on 15th Ave NE and 41st St. across from the School of Social Work. Multiple bus lines serve the University District, so visit King County Metro for information.

This event is hosted by PACE, our nine-month civic leadership development program for emerging community leaders. To learn more visit seattle.gov/neighborhoods/engage/pace.

Free Fall Seminar – Democracy Needs You!!

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods’ People’s Academy for Community Engagement (PACE) is pleased to present our 2014 Fall Seminar, “Democracy Needs You!  Five Essential Advocacy Tools that will Shape Your World.”  Forget your days of “Schoolhouse Rock” – our guest expert facilitator, professor, and long-time community activist Nancy Amidei is the real deal. This seminar will cover the basic functions of our three branches of government, how a bill becomes a law, and five effective advocacy tools.  Join us for an engaging evening of learning, networking, and fun.

The seminar will be held Wednesday, December 3, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the University of Washington School of Social Work, Room 305-A.  Please RSVP to Wendy Watson at wendy.watson@seattle.gov.