Training & Information

​​2017 ​​​Charlotte Civic Leadership Academy

The City of Charlotte's Civic Leadership Academy is a free 11-week course specifically designed for residents like you -- diverse Charlotteans who are ready to take the next step in being community leaders and improving the quality of life in all of Charlotte's neighborhoods. 

T
he Civic Leadership Academy will provide you with the opportunity to grow in your leadership, analyze issues using data, connect with decision makers and other Charlotte leaders, and make a difference in your community.

During t
he Civic Leadership Academy, you will:

  • Receive a personalized DISC Leadership Assessment and one session of executive coaching
  • Learn how to efficiently use your leadership style to positively impact your community
  • Enhance your understanding of Charlotte's history and culture
  • Develop relationships with other community and local government leaders
  • Learn how to use data to articulate challenges and advocate for resources for your community
  • Develop a plan to navigate issues through local government
  • Commit to using your leadership skills in the broader community
Don't miss this opportunity to enhance your leadership skills and work with other emerging Charlotte leaders to create a community where every voice is heard. 

Registration is open through July 14. The Civic Leadership Academy will begin on Wednesday, September 13. For more information, email Lacey Williams at lacey.williams@charlottenc.gov.


Workshop Schedule

To participate in the academy, you must live in Charlotte city limits and commit to attending nine out of the following eleven sessions (not including graduation):

  1. Wednesday, September 13 -- Introduction to the Civic Leadership Academy & Charlotte
  2. Saturday, September 16 -- Charlotte Then & Now
  3. Saturday, September 23* -- Purposeful Leadership I
  4. Wednesday, September 27 -- Local Government 101
  5. Saturday, October 7 -- Community Safety
  6. Saturday, October 14 -- Environment
  7. Thursday, October 19** -- Transportation & Planning
  8. Tuesday, October 24** -- Economic Development
  9. Thursday, October 26** -- Housing & Neighborhood Development
  10. Thursday, November 2 -- The City Budget
  11. Thursday, November 9 -- Purposeful Leadership II
  12. Tuesday, November 14 -- Graduation

 

All weekday sessions are 6pm to 9pm and all Saturd​​ay sessions are 10am-4pm unless indicated

*Session is 9am-4:30pm

**Session is 5:30pm-9pm due to limited daylight

 

Before applying, please check all dates on your calendar.  Participants may miss up to 2 sessions, not including graduation.

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 Application Opens 6/12/17​

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 Frequently Asked Questions

The CLA is a 10 week/12 session crash course in City of Charlotte Government and civic leadership.  Participants will be provided the opportunity to grow in their leadership style, learn to analyze issues using data, connect with decision makers and other Charlotte leaders, and gain useful tools to make a difference in their communities. 

​Participation is open to any resident of the City of Charlotte.  At this time, we are not accepting applications from extra-territorial jurisdictions, towns or out of county/state residents. 

​We encourage anyone who would like to exercise positive community leadership to apply to the CLA.  This can include young people (16 and older), established neighborhood leaders, home owners, renters, residents with no leadership experience, business owners, non-profit workers, new arrivals, native Charlotteans, and everyone in between.  If you care about Charlotte and want to work with the City to improve quality of life, we want you to apply. 

​The CLA was created to equip residents with the tools and information necessary to be strong, community focused civic leaders.  The CLA is focused on making City government more accessible and transparent, and engaging residents as partners in grappling with the challenges we face as a community.

The program was created with input from grassroots community leaders and City staff to reflect the needs and concerns of the community.  Because we are deeply committed to being responsive in providing information and tools that the community needs, each CLA program will vary slightly to accommodate the feedback from previous sessions and to reflect changing issues and concerns in our community. 

​Up to 35 applicants will be selected, five from each council district area.  Selection is based on the application, with a focus on selecting applicants who reflect the rich diversity of our community and who demonstrate a willingness to engage as leaders in Charlotte.  Selection is competitive, with over 250 applicants in the last cycle.  Therefore, applicants are encouraged to be as thoughtful, innovative, and engaging as possible in their applications.

​Extra information, such as a resume, is not necessary to include with the application and will not be considered in the application process due to time constraints. 

​The program is free.  Meals and materials are included. Because the CLA represents a significant investment in each participant, we ask that potential participants not miss sessions and think carefully about the time commitment before applying. 

​The ideal CLA applicant applies because they have a love for the City of Charlotte and want to be a part of problem solving in order to move our community forward.  Past participants in the CLA have been residents who wanted to become community and/or neighborhood leaders, existing leaders who wanted to sharpen their skills, non-profit workers who wanted to better educate their constituents on how to work with government, and residents who want to have an understanding of what the City does.  Many CLA applicants have an interest in applying for boards and commissions as well as public service. 

Participants of the CLA will: 

  • Receive a personalized DISC Leadership Assessment 
  • Learn how to efficiently utilize their leadership style to positively impact their community
  • Enhance their understanding of Charlotte history and decision making
  • Develop relationships with other community leaders and leaders in local government
  • Learn how to use data to articulate challenges and advocate for resources for their communities
  • Get a behind the scenes look at how the City of Charlotte works and develop specialized knowledge about the departments and programs of the City of Charlotte
  • Commit to using their leadership skills in the broader community to improve the quality of life for all Charlotteans.

Program graduates are strongly encouraged to apply to serve on City/County boards and commissions, and a designation for CLA graduates is included on the official boards and commissions applications.  CLA graduates will also receive a certificate from Housing & Neighborhood Services and an exclusive civic leader lapel pin.

If this sounds good to you, you should apply.

​Sessions are generally held once a week, on Thursdays and Saturdays, with some exceptions.  Most sessions will be held at City-owned facilities.  Selected applicants will receive an official agenda with details on each session and location with their acceptance packet. 

​The CLA covers the operations of the City of Charlotte, how to engage in purposeful leadership, how to use data, and the history of Charlotte.  Participants will walk away with a high level understanding of the City of Charlotte, specialized knowledge about the City's departments, and a better understanding of leadership concepts like emotional intelligence, equity, and collaboration and influence. 

This program may touch on the work of Mecklenburg County, the State of North Carolina and/or the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School system, but is primarily focused on the workings of the City of Charlotte.

​The CLA holds two sessions a year- in March/April and September/October/November.

​Participants may miss up to two sessions out of 11 (not including graduation).  Each session is packed full of vital information and participants are highly encouraged not to miss any.

​We will keep your information on file and let you know if a participant in your council district drops out.  We also encourage applicants to apply again for the next cycle and will give you first notice when applications are available. 

We encourage applicants to attend other training opportunities offered by the City of Charlotte.  For more information, navigate here​. 

​Please contact Lacey Williams at lacey.williams@charl​ottenc.gov or 704-336-2175.

​Graduates of the CLA can indicate their status on applications for boards and commissions.  The City of Charlotte will formally convene CLA graduates in voluntary, bi-annual meetings to give updates about programs and projects of the City and help the City problem solve, where applicable.  Graduates will also be included on the Neighborhood Organization Contact list.  How graduates engage in individual community leadership is up to them, though community involvement and exercising leadership is a condition of participating in the program.