Civic Leadership Academy

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Welcome to the webpage for the City of Hillsboro’s Civic Leadership Academy!

Citizens' Academy 2016 classPreviously known as the Hillsboro Citizens' Academy, the Hillsboro Civic Leadership Academy will reconvene in the fall with a new group of leaders who are ready to learn what it takes to effectively serve and govern as a team with other community members.

The July 18 deadline has passed for completed applications to be submitted to Kristi Wilson.

The first class of Academy graduates (pictured above right) completed the program in June 2016 with a final presentation in front of the Hillsboro City Council on the subject of balanced housing. The group’s work is being utilized to help the City Council evaluate housing options in our community, and explore opportunities to form partnerships on projects and programs that support the development of affordable housing in Hillsboro.

You can learn more about the process for the Civic Leadership Academy by reading these frequently-asked questions.

Frequently-Asked Questions:

Q: What is the Hillsboro Civic Leadership Academy?

A: The Academy is a project-based, intensive workshop experience for Hillsboro community members who are interested in building community-governance skills.

Academy participants will be led through six interactive sessions by a team from Portland State University Hatfield School of Government’s National Policy Consensus Center. Participants will engage in a supported, hands-on process to research, collaborate, and present recommendations to the City Council on a topic of significant community importance.

Watch a short video about the program:


Q: Why did the City Council prioritize the creation of a Civic Leadership Academy?

A: The purpose of the Academy is to engage a diverse group of Hillsboro residents – representing different neighborhoods, perspectives, and backgrounds – and help prepare them to serve in a range of civic leadership capacities within the City.

The Academy is designed to promote new connections, establish working relationships between participants, develop greater knowledge of how the City of Hillsboro's government works, explore the key elements of community leadership, and create an enhanced level of fun and excitement around civic engagement.

Q: What is the time commitment to participate in the Academy?
A: The Academy is a series of six workshops, each 2.5-hours long, beginning on the evening of Wednesday, September 13, 2017.

After the kick-off meeting on September 13, Academy sessions will be held on Wednesdays from 5:30 - 8 pm in Downtown Hillsboro on the following dates: September 20, September 27, October 4, October 11, and October 18. Dinner and child care will be provided at all Academy sessions.

The Academy will wrap up with a presentation to the Hillsboro City Council in November.

Q: What if I can’t commit to making all of those dates?
A: Due to the collaborative, hands-on work of the Academy, attendance at all sessions is required.

If you have a calendar conflict for these dates, please consider applying for the Academy next year. In the meantime, we would love to talk with you about other ways you might get involved in Hillsboro’s community governance.

Click here if you would like to be contacted with more information.

Q: Do I need prior experience to participate?
A: You need only to live in Hillsboro, care about our community, and be willing to share your enthusiasm and ideas.

Q: Can you tell me about the application process?
A: The Academy is structured as an inviting, small-group setting. Space is limited.

If you would like to be considered for the Academy, your first step is to fill out an application. Applications will be accepted until the extended deadline of 5 pm on Tuesday, July 18, 2017.

Completed applications will be reviewed by a selection committee that includes members of the City Council, as well as City boards and commissions. Applicants will learn the results no later than mid-August.

Q: Okay, I’m ready to get started. What’s next?
A: Great! We’re looking forward to receiving your application. Click here for the application form and five get-to-know-you questions.

You can meet with members of the Hillsboro City Council to talk about the Civic Leadership Academy during a meet-and-greet event at the Hillsboro Civic Center on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 from 5:30 to 6 pm.

To submit your application, you can email it, or print it and bring it to the Hillsboro Civic Center’s 5th floor reception desk, in person by the deadline of Tuesday, July 18 at 5 pm.

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