The Monrovia Area Partnership (MAP) Leadership Academy as well as the Youth Leadership Academy will begin next month. The Youth Academy will begin on Wednesday, Sept. 5 at 3 p.m. The Adult Academy will start the next day, Sept. 6 at 7 p.m.
The goal of the seven week Academy is “to train residents to recognize and utilize community resources, facilitate resident and city collaboration and serve the community together by continuously building leadership skills and exercising them in Monrovia.” In essence the Academy helps residents to understand how the city works and what role(s) individuals can take in that work.
The Youth Academy does the same, but in some respects even more in that it attempts to give them the life skills to be better and more productive members of the community. It also encourages them to “take active roles in their community.”
The Youth Academy is open to the first 50 teens (ages 11-18), up to those in their senior year of high school. The adult program is open to first 25 applicants. The applications are due by Aug. 30. The applications are available on line on the city’s website and at the community development office in city hall, 415 S. Ivy. The applications should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or brought to the same office in city hall.
The graduation ceremony for the Academies will be at the Nov. 6 City Council meeting.