Montgomery Citizens’ Leadership Academy (MCLA)

We are now accepting applications for the 2025 class!

"The Best Community Experience You Will Ever Have!"

Montgomery Citizens’ Leadership Academy (MCLA) is the first step in getting involved. Participants will get to know other like-minded, civic-oriented community members, and by the end of the class, graduates are on a first-name basis with local elected officials, school administrators, and other local leaders.

MCLA Public WorksThis opportunity gives a look “behind the scenes” to explore local institutions and to answer the question, “what do they do there?”.

MCLA offers a powerful hands-on, total immersion experience into contemporary issues that are important to the citizens of Montgomery. Participants are given real-world experience when they identify an issue, get educated on how to address it, and then join a team of fellow participants to apply that knowledge.

The Academy runs from January through March. Each session is Thursday evening from 5:45 pm - 9:00 pm and begins with dinner. We do have one Saturday morning session, our history and development tour. In that case, we serve breakfast.

What you get from this class:

  • Meet and interact with Montgomery City Council, department heads, and City staff
  • Learn how decisions are made and how the departments operate
  • Discover the status of current projects and future plans for development
  • Off-site tours of Bethesda North Hospital, Sycamore Community Schools, Montgomery Safety Center, Twin Lakes Senior Living Community
  • Debates and discussions
  • Interactive simulation exercises

A fee of $99 will offset the cost of food and materials. For further information or to take advantage of this unique opportunity, please contact Amy Frederick, at or 513-792-8358.

"I signed up for MCLA to take a peak behind the curtain and see how our city government worked. The program exceeded my expectations. I left with not only a much greater understanding but also made some great connections with community neighbors I hadn't met before." -Kevin, Class of 2023



MCLA Class 2019
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