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People’s Academy for Community Engagement now accepting applications

2017 PACE participants

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is accepting applications to the People’s Academy for Community Engagement (PACE), our civic leadership development program for the next wave of community leaders. Spring Quarter begins June 1 and runs through June 29.

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. 

Spring Quarter will be held on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute. Some of the topics covered include:

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

Tuition for the 5-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 Spring Quarter is Monday, May 27 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