Civic Leadership Academy


Our next class begins on Thursday, August 29, 2024.

About the Academy

Have you ever wondered how potholes are repaired or how the fire department is able to respond so quickly to emergencies? How does the City of Lancaster prepare its budget or decide where a park should be located?

Citizens are welcome to learn the answers to these questions and more during our annual Civic Leadership Academy. Civic Leadership Academy is a 9-week program that teaches Lancaster residents about City of Lancaster operations.

Apply for Civic Leadership Academy 2024


  • To improve citizens' understanding of city government
  • To develop citizen understanding of their role in city government
  • To provide an opportunity for citizens to become more involved in civic democracy
  • To see how tax dollars work to improve quality of life for all residents
  • To provide an inside look at the operations of the City of Lancaster


  • Not campaigning or currently serving in a political office
  • Must be willing to commit to attendance of sessions
  • Must be a Lancaster resident or City employee
  • 18 year of age or older

2024 Academy Dates

Each class lasts about 2 hours.
  • Class 1: August 29
  • Class 2: September 5
  • Class 3: September 12
  • Class 4: September 19
  • Class 5: September 26
  • Class 6: October 3
  • Class 7: October 17
  • Class 8: October 24
  • Graduation: October 28


  • Nine-week (including graduation) class begins September 7th, 2023
  • Weekly 2-hour classes (Thursdays from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.)
  • Participants will hear presentations from representatives of City departments and elected representatives.
  • Free to participants
  • Graduation Ceremony at a designated City Council Meeting