Classes held on the second Friday of each month. The following is a typical daily schedule:

8:30 a.m. until 9 a.m. Coffee and continental breakfast
9 a.m. - Noon Program
Noon until 1 p.m. Lunch
1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Program
3:30 p.m. until 4 p.m. Questions/Announcements/Closing


Kick-Off Meeting - September 15

  • Introduction to Program
    • Describe goals of the program, logistics, introductions, etc.
    • Introduce Volunteer Project (Or what it might be called): Jason Miller
  • Park Forest history, culture and diversity
  • Teamwork and Situational Leadership
  • Panel with 1st and 2nd year Civic Leadership Academy Graduates
  • Questions/Comments about the day's presentations
    • Reception to follow first session

Environmental/Sustainable Leadership - October 13, at the Discovery Center or Thorn Creek Nature Center

  • Handout Civic Leadership Academy T-Shirts
  • Park Forest Sustainability Plan and related programs/activities
  • Park Forest Environment Commission
  • Central Park wetlands
  • Thorn Creek Nature Center
  • Park Forest Historic Museum
  • 3:30 p.m. - Questions/Comments about the day's presentations

Recreation Programming - November 17, at the Park Forest Tennis & Health Center

  • Boards and Commissions
    • Recreation and Parks Advisory Board
    • Youth Commission
  • Village Programming
    • Park Forest Recreation and Parks activities (youth and adult)
    • Teen Zone
    • Police Athletic and Activities Center
    • Tour of Tennis and Health Center
  • Youth Service Organizations
    • Park Forest Baseball
    • Park Forest Hurricanes
    • Park Forest Pride
  • South Suburban Special Recreation Association, including sensory deprivation exercises
  • Questions/Comments about the day's presentations

Local Government 101 - December 8

  • Manager/Council form of government
  • Finance and Budgeting
  • Regional and State Collaboration
  • Boards and Commissions not addressed in other sessions (e.g., Cable Commission, Commission on Human Relations, Mediation Task Forest, Veteran's Commission)
  • Public Works Presentation and Tour of Park Forest Water Plant
  • 3:30 p.m.: Questions/Comments about the day's presentations

Community Health & Wellness - January 12

  • Park Forest Health Department
  • Senior Citizen Advisory Commission
  • Access to Care
  • Take Participant Pictures and Video Interviews
  • Rich Township Senior Center
  • Aunt Martha's
  • Community Gardens and Bike and Pedestrian Plan
  • Questions/Comments about the day's presentations (including December's tour of Water Treatment Plant and Public Works presentation)
  • Tour of Park Forest Fire Department

Housing & Social Equity – February 9

  • Coordinator: Hildy Kingma
  • Park Forest Housing Issues (foreclosures, vacancies, rehab and demolition programs, etc)
  • Housing Cooperatives
  • Park Forest Housing Authority
  • Deeper dive into Diversity/Race Equity and Leadership Council/Social Equity Issues
  • Mid-Year Project Discussion
  • Questions/Comments about the day's presentations (including January's tour of the Fire Department)

Education - March 9

  • Governors State University
  • OAI/SouthWorks MakerLab in Park Forest
  • Questions/Comments about the day's presentations
  • Tour of Park Forest Police Department

Arts/Cultural Programming/Entertainment - April 13

  • ½ day touring Park Forest venues
    • Park Forest Public Library
    • Freedom Hall, Main Street Nights, Public Art
    • Salon Artists Gallery
    • Muzicnet Performing Arts Center
    • Tall Grass, Gallery and School
  • Handout Civic Leadership Academy Polo Shirts
  • Group/Graduation Picture
  • Questions/Comments about the day's presentations (including March's tour of the Police Department)
  • Prairie State College
    • Introduction
    • Educational Opportunities
    • Art Gallery
    • Performing Arts venue
    • Music Production Facility
  • Economic Development & Planning, & Project Wrap-Up - May 11

    • Economic Development
    • Planning
    • Visit/tour a local business/manufacturer
    • End of Year Project Discussion
    • Questions/Comments about the day's presentations (including April tour of PSC)
    • Evaluation of Year
  • Graduation - May 14

    • Reception
    • Formal Graduation during Board meeting