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Communications: Civic Leadership Program

Contact Gretchen Pearsall, Director of Strategic Communications, (309) 672-6918.

The Civic Leadership Program provides a hands-on learning experience of county government history, structure, and services for Peoria County citizens and employees. Free to participants, we encourage all interested residents within Peoria County, high school age and above, to consider taking this course as it will raise awareness of the realities and challenges currently impacting local county government.

Through a series of educational sessions, participants will become more involved in local government by meeting and interacting with County Board Members and other elected and appointed officials who present the program. Participants who complete the course demonstrate a strong desire to become a Peoria County leader and join a network of citizens committed to improving their community.

The Civic Leadership Program meets the County Board’s strategic goal of being a high performing public organization. With the program, Peoria County strengthens its relationship with the citizens we serve by inspiring them to take a more active role in guiding future policy decisions, be it through the election process; by voicing concerns during public meetings; or by running for public office.

The Civic Leadership Program is offered twice annually: in the summer for high school students and in the fall for adults.

Fall 2016 Peoria City/County Citizens' Leadership Academy 
The fall class is limited to 25 adult participants, preferably living in Peoria County. The class is taught in conjunction with the City of Peoria. Every-other session will focus on a municipal (city) function with the opposite sessions focusing on a county function.

The fall schedule is as follows:
September 14 - November 10
Wednesdays 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

A graduation ceremony will be held at the Peoria City Council meeting on November 8 at 6:00 p.m.

A graduation ceremony will be held at the Peoria County Board meeting on November 10 at 6:00 p.m

To apply, download the Fall application, complete, and mail or fax by September 2, 2016 using the information provided on the application.

Download the Fall schedule


Summer 2016

Application deadline for the Summer 2016 CLP course is May 20, 2016. The summer class is limited to high school students, preferably living in Peoria County. Those eligible include fall freshmen, current students, and graduating seniors.

The summer schedule is as follows:

Thursday, June 9
8:15am - 6:30pm
Meet at Juvenile Detention Center, 223 N. Maxwell Road, Peoria
Program ends at Peoria County Courthouse, 324 Main Street, downtown Peoria

8:15 a.m.   Meet at Juvenile Detention Center - Growth & Infrastructure Bridge Inspection
9:30 a.m.   County Jail Tour & K-9 Demo
11:00 a.m.  Lunch with Sheriff's Command Staff
Noon          Juvenile Detention Center Tour
1:40 p.m.   Animal Protection Services - Animal Shelter Tour at PCAPS
2:45 p.m.   Coroner's Office
4:00 p.m.   County Overview at Courthouse - Scavenger Hunt & County Jeopardy
6:00 p.m.   Graduation at Peoria County Board Meeting

Participants may either drive to or be dropped off at the Juvenile Detention Center. If dropped off, they must be picked up at the Peoria County Courthouse. Parents or guardians are encouraged to drop-off students, as the program will not end in the same location. Peoria County will provide transportation throughout the day to County facilities.

Participants must attend all day. Lunch will be provided.

To apply, download the Student Application and mail, fax, or email the completed application by May 20, 2016 using the information provided on the application.

Download the summer flyer.


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