Citizens Leadership Academy

Last updated Feb. 17, 2017 - 2:17 pm
Graduation Class Fall 2015

Citizens Leadership Academy is a series of classes offered each spring and fall to help you develop your skills as a neighborhood or community leader. Many graduates of the Citizens Leadership Academy go on to leadership roles in neighborhood organizations, Citizens Advisory Councils (CACs) and service on City of Raleigh boards and commissions.

Who May Attend

Citizens Leadership Academy is free of charge for residents of the City of Raleigh and its area of extraterritorial jurisdiction. The program is not open to residents outside of the City of Raleigh.

Class size is limited to 25 to encourage participants to interact with each other and with instructors.

Class Schedule, Location

Each Citizens Leadership Academy session consists of twelve classes focused on three major themes:

  • Leadership Development
  • Communication Dynamics
  • Asset-Based Community Development.

The Spring 2017 Session will be held 6 pm to 8 pm on Thursdays, at the Five Points Center for Active Adults (2000 Noble Road, Raleigh, NC 27608) on the following dates:

March - 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th

April - 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th

May - 4th, 11th, 18th

Graduation: May 23, 2017

The Spring 2017 Session includes:

Leadership Development This module integrates personal and group leadership dynamics by focusing on leadership style, facilitation and group dynamics.

Communication Dynamics This module explores the techniques for effectively communicating with individuals and groups.

Asset-Based Community Development This module explores a framework for neighborhood organizing known as Asset- Based Community Development. The ABCD model engages the talents and skills of neighborhood residents and groups to improve their quality of life through civic partnerships.


Clara Davis, "Although, the overall concept of the Citizens Leadership Academy program is based on Community Development, I strongly encourage anyone interested in leadership skills to take this course. These are skills that you can take back to your workplace, community, neighborhood, even use in your personal life. If you are thinking of becoming involved in community service in any way, [then] CLA IS a must!"


The Spring 2017 session is full. Applications are being accepted for the Fall 2017 class. Don't wait to sign up as space is limited.

Once your application has been submitted you will receive a letter from Community Engagement staff regarding the status of your application. Your application will be considered in the order it is received. You may apply online or download an application to submit by mail.

Attendance Policy
You must complete a minimum of eighty percent (80%) of the twelve (12) classes to receive the Academy Leadership Plaque. The plaque will be presented in a separate recognition ceremony for all the graduates of the program.

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