A group of people from all different backgrounds and experiences in life will spend the next six weeks in the City of Goleta to learn how the city is run.
Thirty people are taking part in the LEAD program. LEAD stands for Learn, Empower, Advocate, and Discuss. This is the second LEAD Academy for the City of Goleta.
This is a free, interactive six week program designed to help community members better understand the role that local government plays so that they can effectively participate, share that knowledge with others, and possibly even consider a future role in city governance.
The group is made up of all different demographics from retirees, to business owners, working professionals, college and high school students etc.
The program began on Wednesday and participants had a chance to meet each other and hear individually from the Mayor, all of the City Council Members and the City Manager.
Each class will be interactive and feature different key city departments giving a behind the scenes view of how the City of Goleta is run. Attendees will learn everything from how roads are maintained to what goes in to creating the City's budget. They will also get a tour of City Hall and participate in a mock City Council meeting.
The Academy will end of February 12 with a graduation ceremony.