This paper discusses the mutual benefits of community leadership development programs to both local governments and their communities. Learn about key components of leadership programs, example programs from throughout the state and potential partnership options.
Community-based leadership programs build skills and support the development of emerging leaders through a series of seminars, workshops and other local projects. This article includes tips on leaderships programs can help your community and how to find programs in your area.
A panel discussion on innovations in resident civic engagement at the 2009 League of California Cities’ Annual Conference featured stories about the civic education of youth, a citizens academy for Cantonese speakers, and the role of new civic engagement manager positions in California cities.
The following stories describe successful efforts by California cities and counties to inform residents about local government and civics, develop community leadership, and create effective citizen academies.