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Communications: Civic Leadership Program

Contact Meghan Smith, Communications Specialist, at (309) 672-6056

The Civic Leadership Program provides a hands-on learning experience of county government history, structure, and services for Peoria County citizens and employees. Free to participants, we encourage all interested residents within Peoria County, high school age and above, to consider taking this course as it will raise awareness of the realities and challenges currently impacting local county government.

Through a series of educational sessions, participants will become more involved in local government by meeting and interacting with County Board Members and other elected and appointed officials who present the program. Participants who complete the course demonstrate a strong desire to become a Peoria County leader and join a network of citizens committed to improving their community.

The Civic Leadership Program meets the County Board’s strategic goal of being a high performing public organization. With the program, Peoria County strengthens its relationship with the citizens we serve by inspiring them to take a more active role in guiding future policy decisions, be it through the election process; by voicing concerns during public meetings; or by running for public office.

The Civic Leadership Program is offered twice annually: in the summer for high school students and in the fall for adults.

Fall Peoria City/County Citizens' Leadership Academy 
The fall class is limited to 25 adult participants, preferably living in Peoria County. The class is taught in conjunction with the City of Peoria. Every-other session will focus on a municipal (city) function with the opposite sessions focusing on a county function.

The fall schedule is mid-September to mid-November on Wednesdays from 6:00-8:00 p.m. A complete 2017 schedule will be available in late summer.

Graduation ceremonies are held at Peoria County Board and Peoria City Council meetings



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