Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced that applications are available for the City’s first Youth Civic Leadership Academy (CLA), a free six-week course designed to educate and engage high school students about the inner-workings of City government. The Mayor launched the CLA program last year and is expanding it to include a summer class for high-school aged youths as part of his ServePGH initiative.
“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. “At the end of the sessions, we will instill within our young participants 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 to make for a safer, more 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 6 and August 10, 2011 from 5 to 7 p.m. The City will provide bus/shuttle transportation to sessions held at non-Downtown locations.
Applicants must be a high school student residing within Pittsburgh City limits at the time of application. Up to 20 applicants will be selected to participate. Special consideration will be given to applicants who are highly motivated, interested in local government, and committed to using the experience to make a positive difference in their neighborhood and/or school communities.
Applications must be received no later than 5 p.m. on May 25, 2011; late applications will not be accepted. Applicants will be notified of their status by mid-June 2011.
Throughout the course, participants will reflect on their experience and will be provided with the opportunity to develop group or self-directed service projects that are based on their experience in the program and can be implemented in their communities.
For more information, visit cla.pittsburghpa.gov, call 412-255-4765, or send an e-mail to email@example.com.
About Cities of Service
On September 10, 2009, Mayor Luke Ravenstahl pledged that the City of Pittsburgh would help the country achieve the goals of the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act by joining Mayor Bloomberg and fifteen other Mayors from across our nation to launch the Cities of Service coalition. By signing the Declaration of Service, Mayor Ravenstahl committed to developing a coordinated strategy to utilize impact volunteerism as a significant municipal strategy for addressing local challenges.
The City of Pittsburgh's service blueprint, servePGH, seeks to engage citizens in impacting our City's greatest challenges through five service initiative which focus on securing a brighter future for youths through mentoring and educational opportunities, and revitalizing Pittsburgh's neighborhoods through community renewal projects.
For more info on the Mayor’s ServePGH plan, visit www.servepgh.pittsburghpa.gov