WORCESTER – Mayor Joseph M. Petty announced on Thursday, Feb. 8, he is seeking applicants and accepting nominations for the 2018 Mayor’s Civic Academy — Navigate, Engage, Connect, Transform [NECT] — to give young Worcester leaders a chance to explore city government, meet city leaders and work on issues within the Worcester community.

The academy will begin in April and will run from 5:30 PM to 8: 30 PM on the first and third Thursday of each month through September.

Members of the Civic Academy will:
• Understand how to create change in your community
• Have the ear of your local legislators
• Understand how policies are made and how you can participate in the creation of future policy
• Having the interest of your community included in local decision making
• Being representative in decision making tables
• Understand history of local movements and the impact of organizing and local advocacy
• Learn how to become an elected official and/or join a board or commission

Interested candidates ages 18 to 24 should apply through the City of Worcester’s website at www.worcesterma.gov/mayor by submitting a brief letter of interest introducing yourself and why you want to join the civic academy.

According to the mayor’s office, successful applicants should possess (1) an interest in creating change at the local level, (2) a unique voice to bring to the table, and (3) experience and/or interest in local activism and/or civic participation.

Nominations will be received until 5 PM March 9th, 2018. Applicants will be notified of selection by March 19th, 2018.

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