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8/19/2010 Vol. , Issue 9 Contact Us
MAJOR ISSUES

5th NEIGHBORHOOD LEADERSHIP ACADEMY



Now taking Applications
Classes begin September 22, 2010 and end March 2, 2011
(with a 6–winter holiday break)

Free and Open to the Public

The Neighborhood Services Division of the City of El Paso’s Department of Community and Human Development will host the 5th Neighborhood Leadership Academy (NLA). The El Paso City Council passed a Citizen Involvement Policy to facilitate opportunities for citizens to be involved in local government. One of the goals was to establish an academy for non-traditional leaders. The purpose of the Neighborhood Leadership Academy is to educate residents on how their local government operates. Participants will receive first hand information on how city services are managed and implemented through comprehensive presentations from specific departments operating under the City of El Paso.

NeighborhoodLeadership Academymission is to provide residents with a working knowledge of City Government and skills sets to become effective neighborhood advocated and community leaders.  Objectives are to educate non-traditional community leaders, provide a comprehensive curriculum on City services, promote civic engagement and residents roles in decision making processes, and increase resident’s pride in their community and understanding for their City.

The program is an 18-week course that will meet on Wednesday nights from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (unless otherwise indicated on schedule), at City Hall or on-site location. The program will start on September 22, 2010 and end March 2, 2011 with a 6-week winter holiday break.

Participating Departments:
* Airport * City Manager’s Office * Community Development * Development Services * Economic Development * Environmental Services * Fire * International Bridges * Library * Municipal Clerks Office * MCAD * Public Health * Parks and Recreation * Police * Streets * Sun Metro * Tax Office * Traffic Engineering * Water Utilities * Zoo * Other City Partners

Objectives of the Neighborhood Leadership Academy are:

Educate non-traditional community leaders
Provide a comprehensive curriculum on City services
Promote civic engagement and residents’ roles in decision making processes
Increase residents pride in their community and understanding for their City of El Paso

This 18-week course meets every Wednesday night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Program Guidelines:
Participant selection criteria:
Must be 18years of age or older
Must be a resident living within the El Paso City Limits
Must be a non-traditional person (a person who has not served on a City board, commission or an elected office)

Please Note:
The Neighborhood Leadership Academy will enroll 40 participants
Residents must submit a completed Neighborhood Leadership Academy application form
Accepted or denied applications will be mailed by September 25, 2009
More than three absences drops participants from the program
Participants will receive a certificate of completion for program
Participants may also be recommended for City boards and commissions


Applications are available on the City of El Paso’s Website
http://www.ci.el-paso.tx.us/commdev/neighborhood_leadership.asp
or at City Hall – Neighborhood Services Division,  2nd Floor

Applications must be returned by 5:00 p.m. on
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Neighborhood Services Office
City Hall – 2nd Floor
2 Civic Center Plaza, El Paso , Texas 79901

For more information call 541-4721




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