After a three-year hiatus, the City of Goleta is excited to bring back our popular LEAD Goleta Community Academy. LEAD stands for Learn, Empower, Advocate and Discuss. This free, interactive, and eye-opening six-week program is designed to help community members better understand the role that local government plays so that they can effectively participate, share that knowledge with others and possibly even consider a future role in city governance.
This will be the third LEAD Goleta the City has held, and for the first time, it will be offered as a bilingual program with simultaneous Spanish interpretation.
The spring LEAD Goleta Community Academy will run for six consecutive weeks every Thursday evening from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. starting on April 20, 2023, and ending on May 25, 2023, with a celebratory graduation ceremony. Most classes will be held in City Hall Council Chambers located at 130 Cremona Drive, but some may be held out in the community.
Each class is interactive and features different key City departments giving a behind-the-scenes view of how the City of Goleta is run. Attendees will learn everything from how roads are maintained to what goes into creating the City’s budget. Throughout the program, participants will be exposed to the role of local government.
To get an idea of what you will experience in this academy, watch a recap here of our last LEAD Goleta Community Academy held in January & February 2020.
There are only 30 spots in the LEAD Goleta Community Academy and they fill up fast, so apply today! Priority is given to Goleta residents, but LEAD Goleta is open to any resident of Santa Barbara County. We strongly encourage students to apply. Participants must be able to attend all six classes in order to be considered. Don’t wait, apply here. To access the application in Spanish, click here.
The City of Goleta is proud to offer this unique and enlightening experience and looks forward to meeting our Goleta LEAD Academy class this spring. To apply, go to www.CityofGoleta.org/LEADGoleta.