Open Enrollment Begins for Civic Leadership Academy

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NEW ORLEANS – The City of New Orleans Office of Neighborhood Engagement is inviting residents to participate in its Civic Leadership Academy. This is a six-week virtual program that provides residents with an in-depth look at city government. The program includes tours, hands-on demonstrations and presentations that give participants an insider’s view of how the City of New Orleans operates. With this knowledge, participants will be better equipped to lead collective action towards the advancement of neighborhoods and residents’ quality of life.

What is Civic Leadership Academy?

The Civic Leadership Academy is a free program that gives residents the opportunity to educate themselves about city government so that they can improve their communities. It provides an in-depth look at local government as well as opportunities for residents to interact with city staff and elected officials. CLA is composed of six virtual sessions, led by representatives from city departments.

Who can participate in Civic Leadership Academy?

Residents of the City of New Orleans, who are at least 18 years old, and are actively involved in a neighborhood or business association can participate.  (Each applicant MUST provide proof of residency.)


Each week CLA will meet virtually on Tuesday nights from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. starting Sept. 15 through Oct. 20.


(Tentative course schedule)

Week 1: The Organization and Vision of City Government

Week 2: Dollars and Sense: Financing NOLA’s Needs

Week 3: Developing and Revitalizing Our Communities

Week 4: Building and Moving Forward

Week 5: The Mechanics of City Services

Week 6: Emergency Preparedness and Response

Applications must be received no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 24 or until capacity is met. Class size is limited. Click here to apply.


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