City Council Bootcamp, a free, nonpartisan, arts-focused program for engaged members of the community who want to become better local policymakers, as advocates or legislators, is now accepting applications.
This year’s Bootcamp will run from September 2022 to March 2023 and will give students the opportunity to network with other civic-minded residents while learning how to effectively advocate for impactful new policy changes that benefit all residents. . Previously open only to residents of Ohio, Bootcamp 2022 is open to residents of Kentucky.
“In just two short years of CCB, we’ve had alumni nominated and elected to the Cincinnati City Council; elected as constituency executives and presidents of community councils; appointed by the mayor to the Cincinnati Accessibility Advisory Council; successfully defending legislation at City Hall; and more,” said Ioanna Paraskevopoulos, co-founder and executive director of Action Tank. “Now, as this empowering and impactful program enters its third year and our country has reached a critical political moment, we need smart, passionate people engaged in local government more than ever, to fight political extremism. that we see seeping into government at all levels. We look forward to continuing to support more local leaders on their journey to positive political change.”
In a combination of virtual and in-person sessions, CCB participants engage with a wide range of panelists representing government administrators, elected officials from all political backgrounds, journalists, community leaders and others who shape processes and the results of local policies. Students then hone their skills through interactive artist-led workshops.
Applications are open until June 29 at 5 p.m. Applicants are encouraged to attend an information session on Saturday, June 11 from 3-5 p.m. or Thursday, June 16 from 6-8 p.m. All residents of Ohio and Kentucky ages 18 and older are eligible to apply. Because some program sessions will be held in person, applicants should consider their availability to travel to Cincinnati during the program period before applying.