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The Civic University (CivicU) was incubated in 2013 on a small scale evolving out of Mayor Garcetti’s successful City Government 101 program. The Institute’s Civic University gives people the tools they need to understand local government and become advocates for their neighborhoods and interests. In 2014, the Institute along with Cal State LA, and the office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti started the Civic University – Cal State LA Certificated Program for the City of L.A. Neighborhood Councils. Today the CivicU has expanded to serve community-based organizations, high schools, municipal staff, boards and commissions, business leaders, and civic leaders. 

Civic University Programs

Civic University – Introductory Program - Civic University provides an introductory education about local government. Participants will acquire a general understanding of a city’s charter and the structure of elected offices, commissions, and management positions.
Civic University – Cal State LA Certificated Program - Civic University participants receive an advanced understanding of who governs municipal entities, their services and budgets, and how neighborhoods groups can influence the budget process.

Civic University – Youth Program - Civic University participants receive an education about their community’s political geography, demographics, and voter turnout.