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Curriculum

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

8:30 am - 9 a.m. Coffee and continental breakfast
9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Program
12 p.m. - 1 p.m. Lunch
1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Program
3:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.    Questions/Announcements/Closing

Curriculum

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 PM - Questions/Comments about the day’s presentations

  • Recreation Programming – November 17, at the Park Forest Tennis and 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 PM: Questions/Comments about the day’s presentations

  • Community Health and 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 and 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, and 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