Pittsburgh Youth Civic Leadership Academy

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7:31 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Civic Leadership Academy Empowers Citizens to Learn About Local Government

Joe Wos is executive director of the Toonseum in the Cultural District and one of the newest graduates of the Civic Leadership Academy.
Credit Joe Wos / Twitter

The Civic Leadership Academy, run by Pittsburgh's volunteer initiative Serve PGH, provides citizens with an opportunity to learn more about their local government. It is also hoped that some of the city’s most pressing needs can be tackled with help from volunteers who go through the program.

Melanie Ondek, the Grants Officer who oversees Serve PGH believes that the program will benefit both the city and the people who take the class.

“We know that strong neighborhoods really start with strong leadership. So really the hope of this program is to foster more informed and empowered residents. Giving them the tools and sort of the relationships that can be helpful to them to bring resources back to their own communities."

Ondeck said the goal of the program is to also include representatives from every neighborhood in the city.

"We've touched 60 of the 90 neighborhoods. So each application period we try to have a diverse population. So eventually our goal is to reach all 90 neighborhoods and have representation of each of them."

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3:30 am
Tue May 28, 2013

Pittsburgh’s Third Youth Civic Leadership Academy Now Accepting Applicants

The third year of the Pittsburgh Youth Civic Leadership Academy (YCLA) is now accepting applications. The three-week program allows city high school students to get an immersion experience in city government.

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