Promising Practices Webinar: Leadership Academies – Turning Ordinary into E...

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Join the National Civic League to learn how two communities turned the ordinary concept of leadership academies on its head.

Join us on Wednesday, October 16th @ 11:00 am MT (10:00 am PT, 12:00 pm CT, 1:00 pm ET)

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This webinar will highlight two leadership academies that have evolved to offer a more innovative and advanced civic learning experience. Registrants will hear from the City of Wichita, KS and the City of El Paso, TX.

Cindy Claycomb, a Council Member for the City of Wichita, KS, will discuss how the city transformed its Citizens Academy into a Civic Engagement Academy. The original program focused on providing in-depth information about city departments and services but didn’t provide content about the benefits of civic engagement or hands-on experience with how community members could become civically engaged. That program’s original design not only required an enormous time commitment from city department directors, but it also wasn’t having the desired outcome of developing civically engaged community members.

The new Civic Engagement Academy is an 8-week program that invites, inspires, and empowers individuals to civically engage with their municipal government. The 2016 Kansas Civic Health Index found that population groups that are the least civically engaged also experience the poorest health outcomes. In addition, those that are not civically engaged are often underrepresented in the democratic process. If these populations are more engaged in local government processes, they would be better positioned to utilize available resources, as well as to advocate and advance policy change to reverse the negative health trends associated with socioeconomic status. The Civic Engagement Academy teaches individuals how and why to become civically engaged, provides hands-on experience with specific engagement actions, and inspires them to vote regularly. It is provided free of charge to all participants.

Olivia Montalvo-Patrick, Interim Neighborhood Services Coordinator for the City of El Paso, TX, will discuss the city’s Neighborhood Leadership Academy and Advanced Leadership Training.

The Neighborhood Leadership Academy (NLA) is now on its fourteenth year of educating engaged residents of El Paso on how their local government works and operates through first-hand presentations from over 20 City departments and includes over 15 on-site field trips to various City facilities. The NLA is a 20-week program that meets once a week and includes a City Council recognition and graduation ceremony at the end of the program.

After eight years of implementing its Neighborhood Leadership Academy, staff came to the realization that there was still an apparent gap regarding leadership skills. So, in 2015 the first Advanced Leadership Training was hosted by Neighborhood Services. Past graduates of the NLA and neighborhood association leaders were invited to attend a four-week course provided by Dale Carnegie Training. In addition to providing the tools and skills that resident leaders need to be effective, the city also provides funding for neighborhood associations so that those leaders have the opportunity to make a visible, tangible impact in their neighborhoods.


City of Wichita District VI Council Member Cindy Claycomb

Cindy Claycomb was elected as the City of Wichita council member for District VI in 2017. Dr. Claycomb was employed in higher education for almost 25 years, holding positions at Wichita State University as professor of marketing, interim dean of the W. Frank Barton School of Business, founding director of WSU Ventures, and assistant to the President for strategic planning. Prior to that, she spent over a decade in analyst and management positions at two Fortune 500 companies—Boeing and Pizza Hut, a division of PepsiCo. Claycomb is committed to working on a strong local economy, safe and thriving neighborhoods, and a vibrant quality of life for all Wichitans.

City of El Paso Interim Neighborhood Services Coordinator Olivia Montalvo-Patrick

Since 2007, Olivia has been helping residents start and register their Neighborhood Associations with the City and encourages residents to learn more about their local government by enrolling in the Neighborhood Leadership Academy. She holds a B.S. in Geography and City Planning from New Mexico State University, a M.A. in Geography from Arizona State University and is a Ronald E. McNair Scholar.

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All-America City Promising Practices Series
National Civic League is hosting a series of "AAC Promising Practices" webinars to share innovative and impactful AAC projects nationwide. This series will also highlight successful projects around the country with speakers from cities implementing creative strategies for civic engagement. By equipping individuals, institutions, and local governmental bodies through this series with ideas, models and insights that can be adopted/adapted to individual communities NCL hopes to accelerate the pace of change in communities across the country.

The All-America City Promising Practices webinars are made possible with support from Southwest Airlines, the official airline of the All-America City Awards.

2020 All-America City Key Dates:

July 2019-May 2020: AAC Promising Practices Webinar Series

November 1, 2019: Letter of Intent due (not required to apply)

February 19, 2020: Application Due

March 2020: Finalists Announced

March-June 2020: Competition Preparation

June 5-7, 2020: All-America City Awards Competition and Event in Denver, CO

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