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People’s Academy for Community Engagement now accepting applications for fall quarter

Deadline to apply for this civic leadership program is September 18

Classes begin Saturday, October 7

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is now accepting applications for the Fall Quarter of the People’s Academy for Community Engagement (PACE). PACE is a civic leadership development program dedicated to teaching hands-on skills to the next wave of community leaders. The Fall Quarter begins October 7 and runs through November 4.

During the five-week program, 25-30 emerging community leaders (18 years and up) will get an introduction to the structure and fundamentals of city government, with a strong focus on how communities and local government can work together. Participants of PACE get the chance to build relationships with key City staff, City Councilmembers, and expert community facilitators.

Fall classes will occur on five consecutive Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Yesler Community Center. Topics include: Accessing City Government, City Budget 101, Land Use in Seattle, Community Organizing, Inclusive Outreach and Public Engagement, Public Speaking, Skillful Engagement in Conflict, and more.

Tuition for the five-week program is $100. Tuition assistance is available to those who qualify. To apply, visit The application deadline is Monday, September 18 by 5:00 p.m.

Given the popularity of the program, PACE is offered three times a year: winter, spring and fall. For more information, visit our webpage or email