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Join the Next Wave of Community Leaders: People’s Academy for Community Engagement now accepting applications

photo of PACE participantsLearn how City government works, build your leadership skills, and practice ways to make your voice heard!

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is accepting applications to the People’s Academy for Community Engagement (PACE), our civic leadership development program aimed at cultivating the next wave of community leaders. The winter quarter begins February 24 and runs through March 24.

During the 5-week program, 25-30 emerging leaders (18 years and up) will learn hands-on strategies for community building, accessing government, and inclusive engagement from experts in the field. PACE has a strong focus on Seattle’s community and neighborhood organizations and the city of Seattle’s governmental structure and processes.

Winter quarter will be held on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute. Topics include:

  • Approaches to Leadership
  • Accessing City Government
  • Community Organizing
  • Inclusive Outreach and Public Engagement
  • Public Speaking
  • Conflict Resolution
  • …and more.

Tuition for the five-week program is $100. Tuition assistance is available. To apply, visit Applications for all quarters are accepted on a rolling basis. The application deadline for the upcoming Winter Quarter is Monday, February 5 at 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 and for questions, email