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Improve your civic leadership skills at the People’s Academy for Community Engagement

Now accepting applications through October 1; classes begin October 13

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is accepting applications to the People’s Academy for Community Engagement (PACE), its civic leadership development program, for the next wave of community leaders. The Fall Quarter will be held on Saturdays beginning October 13 and running through November 10.

During the 5-week program, 25-30 emerging leaders (18 years and up) 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 the city’s governmental structure and processes.

The classes 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, Building Relationships with Local Media, Public Speaking, Conflict Resolution, and more. Tuition is $100, and there is tuition assistance available.

To apply, visit The application deadline for the upcoming Fall Quarter is Monday, October 1 at 5:00 p.m.

PACE is offered three times a year: winter, spring and fall. Applications for all quarters are accepted on a rolling basis. For more information, visit our webpage and for questions, email