Montgomery Citizens’ Leadership Academy

“The Best Community Experience You Will Ever Have!”

MCLA Class of 2021 Application

Montgomery Citizens’ Leadership Academy Class of 2020 schedule

Montgomery Citizens’ Leadership Academy is the first step in getting involved. Participants will get to know other like-minded, civic-oriented community members and by the end of the class, graduates are on a first-name basis with local elected officials, school administrators, and other local leaders. This opportunity gives a look “behind the scenes” to explore local institutions and to answer the question “what do they do there?”.

Montgomery Citizens’ Leadership Academy offers a powerful hands-on, total immersion experience into contemporary issues that are important to the citizens of Montgomery.  Participants are given real-world experience when they identify an issue, get educated on how to address it, and then join a team of fellow participants to apply that knowledge.

2016 MCLA Graduate, Li Sun, during Public Works sessionsThe Academy runs from January through March and features a combination of evening and Saturday morning sessions. Workshops are generally held three times per month and last approximately three hours each including a meal.

What you get from this class:

  • 10 unique workshops that offer residents an opportunity to learn about their community
  • Lecturettes
  • Special guest speakers
  • Off-site tours
  • Debates and discussions
  • Interactive simulation exercises

A fee of $99 will offset the cost of food and materials. For further information or to take advantage of this unique opportunity, please contact Faith Lynch, at or 513-792-8358.

Class of 2019

Academy graduates ultimately become a resource from which civic, cultural, philanthropic, and other organizations draw their leaders. The MCLA program analyzes major areas of community concern, provides opportunities for open dialogue between leaders with diverse perspectives, examines leadership styles, and promotes a network of community trustees committed to the greater good.

The City of Montgomery will:

  • Harvest the experience dividend of enthusiastic graduates
  • Solicit feedback and input on city issues, plans, and activities
  • Contact, survey and inform graduates on topical city matters

Note: In the interest of fostering diverse perspectives and enhancing the participants’ experience, candidates are selected to achieve a balanced class.

Montgomery Farmers Market

The Montgomery Farmers Market was created as a 2010 class project.  Be sure to visit and meet your neighbors.