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600 East Fourth Street, , Charlotte, NC, 28202, US


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City of Charlotte Civic Leadership Academy Application

Thank you for your application to the Civic Leadership Academy (CLA).

Applicants must reside in the City of Charlotte. Please fill out the following application in full, as this is a competitive application process. Only 42 seats are available in the Fall 2023 cohort. Therefore, we encourage applicants to be thoughtful, earnest, innovative and engaging in completing their application. Answering questions thoroughly will help the selection committee get to know you better.

Applications must be received no later than 11:59 PM on August 1, 2023.

This cohort will be a hybrid academy, with some sessions held in-person and others virtual. For the virtual sessions, a computer or mobile device and internet access are required. (Let us know if you need assistance with hardware or internet access.) Before applying, please review program details and check all dates on your calendar. Participants may only miss up to 3 sessions. 

The Fall 2023 session schedule is as follows:

  • Wednesday, September 20 (6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.)
  • Saturday, September 23 (10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.)
  • Tuesday, September 26 (6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.) *
  • Thursday, September 28 (6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.) *
  • Tuesday, October 3 (6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.)
  • Saturday, October 7 (10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)
  • Tuesday, October 10 (6:00 – 9:00 p.m.) *
  • Thursday, October 12 (6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.) *
  • Tuesday, October 17 (6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.) *
  • Saturday, October 21 (10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)
  • Wednesday, October 25 (6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.)
  • Wednesday, November 1 (6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.)
  • Thursday, November 9 (6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.)

* Denotes virtual classes

Have you previously applied for CLA?

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Statement of Commitment

The purpose of Civic Leadership Academy is to develop leaders who will take responsibility for using their leadership skills and knowledge to improve the quality of life in their neighborhoods and in Charlotte.

Program Commitment

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What is your annual household income?

Number of people in household

How long have you lived at your current address?

Do you rent or own?

Media/Photo Release: Photographs may be taken during Civic Leadership Academy classes. The City of Charlotte may use these photos in printed and electronic materials, including, but not limited to, brochures, power point presentations, website and newsletters.

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