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May 2, 2018

Civic Leadership Academy Graduates Seventh Cohort of Leaders

by Lisbeth Pedroso, Liaison
Filed under: building, capacity, capacity building, community, development, leadership, leadership development, public infrastructure

On March 7th, the Neighborhood Engagement Office launched the seventh cohort of the Civic Leadership Academy (CLA) with over 30 community and neighborhood leaders from across the city. Due to an overwhelming response from residents, the class size was increased from 25 to 34. The 8-week leadership program was created to foster civic engagement among residents by developing residents' understanding of local government and how departments and agencies serve New Orleans neighborhoods. The cohort met eight consecutive weeks on Wednesday afternoons from 6-8pm here at City Hall to learn about the functions of City departments; sessions topics ranged from crime reduction to City budgeting and neighborhood revitalization.

Throughout the program, fellows not only learned about various functions of departments but also engaged in in-depth discussions on improving City services and processes. Fellows also experienced hands-on demonstrations for addressing neighborhood level issues. During the academy, participants were provided weekly civic assignments which included an exercise on balancing the City’s budget, providing input to the CPC’s Neighborhood Participation Process, as well as attending public meetings like boards & commissions and City Council meetings. Fellows also had the opportunity to hear from City Councilmembers on their roles and experience as elected officials.

The cohort graduation was held on April 25th. Participants were greeted by former Mayor Landrieu who encouraged the group to use their recently obtained knowledge of City government and processes to rebuild their respective neighborhoods and continue to work with the City in addressing residents’ quality of life matters. Several participants have already signed up to join one of the many boards and/or commissions to further their experience as civic leaders. Civic Leadership Academy is open to any Orleans Parish resident, eighteen (18) years of age who is interested in learning the functions of City government. Learn more about the Civic Leadership Academy and stay tune for the Fall 2018 dates.