Apache Junction, AZ Citizen Leadership Institute
Status: Established in 1998
Source File: http://www.ajcity.net/index.asp?NID=135
The Citizen Leadership Institute began in 1998. The course content was derived after examining similar programs of other east valley cities, then customizing it to fit Apache Junction. The course outline may also have slight changes from session-to-session, as students complete evaluations at the end of the course. Based on comments or suggestions, we may sessions, topics, presenters, time frames or other course content.
Any resident living within the City limits of Apache Junction, or non-resident who currently serves on a City Board or Commission, is invited and encouraged to participate in the Citizen Leadership Institute.
As diverse as our community is in Apache Junction, so are our students. We have residents participate that range from seniors who have lived in the area over 20 years, to residents who have just moved to the area and are starting families. The diversity works very well as it brings to the table a variety of points of view and a range of opinions on the various subject matters that are presented during the Institute.
How to Enroll
There is no charge to attend the Citizen Leadership Institute, but attendees must live within the city limits of the City of Apache Junction and are required to attend six of the eight sessions, attend one City Council meeting, and one Planning and Zoning Commission meeting to be eligible to graduate. Download the 2007/2008 Packet.
The City of Apache Junction thanks all past and present Citizen Leadership Institute participants for their dedication and service.
For additional information, contact Patrick Brenner, Community Relations Manager at (480) 474-5080.
Preparing for the Future
A key goal of the Institute is to give interested citizens an orientation for serving as possible future members on a City Board or Commission.
"The City is powerful in shaping our own destiny and future within the guidelines that have been set, and I think the more people we have that are familiar with the process, the better off our community is going to be," said Mayor John Insalaco. "...there's a need to have somewhat of a training ground or class...so that when we have positions available on our Boards and Commissions we have people to draw from. It is important for citizens to know what the City's responsibilities are and what are its limitations."
The program has been successful in its goal of having residents participate on a City Board or Commission. Over 29% of all graduates have gone on to serve. The pool of graduates are a great resource to invite to special events such as Town Halls, Open Houses, and Open Space Task Force Committee, among others.