The Montgomery Citizens’ Leadership Academy (MCLA) has completed another class, bringing the total number of graduates over the last thirteen years to more than 320. MCLA is a specialized, fun program designed to help transform residents into more actively engaged citizens.

After graduation, participants are challenged to fulfill the MCLA Alumni slogan of “Learn & Do.” Graduates are encouraged to become involved in civic, cultural, philanthropic and other organizations to make Montgomery and the world a better place. For the last twelve years, MCLA has recruited residents eager to go beyond the surface and experience firsthand the innermost workings of community operations. Comprised of ten unique workshop experiences conducted from January to March, participants are immersed in contemporary issues impacting today’s community. Workshops go beyond the classroom and into the community to examine real-life scenarios.

Being true to its motto, “MCLA is absolutely the coolest community experience you’ll ever have! I enjoyed meeting, working and spending time with my neighbors,” said one MCLA graduate.

Applications are already being accepted for limited openings in the 2021 MCLA class. To apply, visit or contact Ray Kingsbury, director of citizen engagement, at 513-792-8359.