voting at walker senior center, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from the queen of subtle’s photostream

Want to change the world — or maybe just your neighborhood? If you’re thinking of running for public office, there’s a program for you right here in Pittsburgh. Coro Pittsburgh’s mission is “to advance ethical and effective leaders who share a commitment to civic engagement.” They are conducting their third Running for Public Office: Emerging Leaders in Public Service class starting in September.

Coro Pittsburgh wants to strengthen and broaden citizen participation of candidates running for office in our area. The course is open to prospective candidates and campaign staff who are now contemplating mounting a political campaign. The program consists of 42 hours of seminar which are conducted in twelve consecutive Monday sessions. The Adjunct Facilitator is Tom Baker (Vice President of Programs for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh, President of Baker Leadership, author of Get Involved! Making the Most of Your 20s and 30s and Get Involved! Give Our Passion, voice of The Best of Get Involved! audiobook, Coordinator of the Baker Leadership Speakers Bureau, and host and producer of Get Involved! Pittsburgh on PCTV 21).

Only 20 will be chosen to participate. They are looking for highly motivated individuals who represent the diversity of Greater Pittsburgh in terms of race, gender, religion, political affiliation, neighborhood location and economic status. While there is no fee to apply to the program, the cost to enroll in Running for Public Office is $150 upon acceptance into the program. You can click here to find out additional information about Running for Public Office and to apply online. The deadline for applications is Monday, August 1, 2011. Good luck!

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