Do you love Hillsboro and care about your community? Are you interested in giving back to the community while also building leadership skills?
You’re invited to join Hillsboro’s Civic Leadership Academy! At the Academy, Hillsboro residents from all neighborhoods and backgrounds come together to research a topic of community importance, share their perspectives, and make recommendations to City Council. Last year’s Academy addressed the topic of how to foster a greater sense of community in Hillsboro.
Participants meet once a week for six weeks to discuss and research a community-focused topic, and learn about civic leadership and local government. Many go on to serve on City Boards and Commissions.
Academy members meet in a small group setting at the Civic Center in Downtown Hillsboro on Wednesday evenings from 5:30 – 8 pm. Portland State University’s Hatfield School of Government leads sessions with support from City staff.
At the end of the Academy, participants present their ideas and recommendations at a Tuesday evening City Council Meeting.
Dinner and child care are provided at no cost at all Academy sessions.
As a member of the Civic Leadership Academy, you will:
- Participate in six weekly interactive workshops led by Portland State University’s Hatfield School of Government
- Engage in supported, collaborative, and hands-on research focused on a topic of community importance
- Meet new people and establish community connections
- Hear lightning talks from community leaders and local elected officials
- Develop your leadership skills and learn about new ways to be involved with the City
- Present recommendations to City Council
2019 Academy Dates
- Applications Open: May 15, 2019
- Applications Close: Friday, August 2, 2019 at 5 pm
- Application Selection Date: Monday, August 12, 2019
- 2019 Workshop Dates*
5:30 – 8 pm on Wednesdays
- September 18
- September 25
- October 2
- October 9
- October 16
- October 23
- Presentation to City Council: November 5
Participants in the Civic Leadership Academy must live within the City of Hillsboro. Check your address with our Hillsboro Maps tool.
Please complete the online application.
Paper applications are also available. Please contact us to request a printed application.
A selection committee that includes members of City Boards and Commissions and City Council will review the applications. Space is limited. Priority given to candidates who are new to civic leadership. People of all personal and professional backgrounds, people of color, and people from historically underrepresented communities are encouraged to apply.
*Dinner and child care are provided. If you have a calendar conflict for the workshop dates, please consider applying for the Academy next year. In the meantime, contact us or visit our Get Involved webpage to learn about more ways to engage.
Topic: Balanced Housing
The first class of the Civic Leadership Academy presented recommendations that City Council is utilizing to evaluate housing options in our community and explore partnerships to support the development of affordable housing in Hillsboro.
Topic: Supporting Hillsboro Entrepreneurs
In 2017, Academy graduates identified existing partnership opportunities, space resources, educational opportunities, and makerspaces that support entrepreneurship within the community. In addition, the Academy recommended the creation of a startup incubator space and/or program in Hillsboro. They also suggested adding a staff position to coordinate partnerships that support entrepreneurs.
Topic: Fostering a Stronger Sense of Community in Hillsboro
2018 Academy graduates presented ideas for increasing community engagement, such the creation of a multi-language smartphone app, defining a common name for Hillsboro residents, and providing a “party-in-a-box” kit to support neighborhood get-togethers. The group also identified neighborhood identity and walkability challenges, as well as and language and technology barriers that Hillsboro residents face.
City Manager's Report: Preserving Our Small Town Feel, November 5, 2018
Contact the Civic Leadership Academy
For general information, or to request a paper copy of the Civic Leadership Academy application, please contact us through our online form.