(PITTSBURGH) April 25, 2012 Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced that applications are available for the City’s second annual Youth Civic Leadership Academy (YCLA), a free six-week course designed to educate and engage high school students about the inner-workings of City government. The Mayor launched the YCLA program last year, based on his Civic Leadership Academy, a similar program available twice yearly to City adults. Both programs are initiatives of his servePGH service plan.
“Our goal is to connect with high school students through fun, hands-on, interactive activities that will show them the importance of City government and public service,” Ravenstahl said. “This year, I have grown the program to include fifty participants, who I hope will gain a stronger sense of pride and accomplishment that will lay the foundation for them to become informed, effective and inspired civic leaders.”
The sessions will highlight different City departments and the services they provide that help make Pittsburgh the most livable City. City directors will develop their sessions with tours, hands-on demonstrations and fun activities to provide an up-close and personal view of how their department helps to operate the City. At the conclusion of the course, the Mayor will lead a graduation ceremony where participants will be awarded certificates.
The program will take place on six consecutive Wednesday evenings between July 11 and August 15, 2012 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The City will provide bus/shuttle transportation to sessions held outside the Downtown area, as well as Port Authority bus passes for all sessions.
Applicants must be a high school student residing within Pittsburgh City limits at the time of application. Special consideration will be given to applicants who are highly motivated, interested in community service and civic engagement, and committed to using the experience to make a positive difference in their neighborhood and/or school communities.
Interested youth may apply online at cla.pittsburghpa.gov or request a hard copy application by calling or emailing the Mayor’s Office of Service & Civic Engagement. Applications must be received no later than 5 p.m. on May 31, 2012; late applications will not be accepted. Applicants will be notified of their status by mid-June 2012.
Throughout the course, participants will reflect on their experience and will be provided with the opportunity to develop a group service project that is based on their experience in the program.
To date, over 100 Pittsburgh residents have participated in the Mayor’s Civic Leadership Academy. Past service projects have included a community garden planting, a recycling awareness campaign, a playground rehab in East Carnegie, and the facilitation of small business district revitalization discussions in partnership with the Urban Redevelopment Authority.
The City of Pittsburgh is thankful to the Corporation for National & Community Service for its dedication of AmeriCorps VISTA resources to servePGH.
Mayor Ravenstahl is a founding member of Cities of Service, a bipartisan coalition of more than 100 mayors from across the country dedicated to engaging more Americans in community service and harnessing the power of volunteers as a serious strategy to address local challenges. Founded in New York City, the coalition and its member cities respond to the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act's historic call to action by finding new and innovative ways to harness the power of volunteers to help solve pressing local challenges.
Mayor's Office of Service and Civic Engagement
512 City County Building | 414 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
telephone: 412-255-2280 | facsimile 412-255-2988