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Tempe Leadership, a renowned nine-month program designed to cultivate the next generation of community leaders, has announced that it is now accepting applications for its upcoming class. Interested individuals can apply until May 15 for the opportunity to enhance their leadership skills, network with community leaders, and gain a deeper understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing Tempe.

Throughout the program, participants will engage in interactive workshops, site visits, and networking events involving key players in Tempe’s government, business, and nonprofit sectors. The program aims to foster a greater appreciation for Tempe’s rich history and culture while equipping participants with the skills and knowledge needed to become more effective leaders.

Over the years, more than 800 graduates have gone on to participate in various civic and community programs, such as public office, city boards and commissions, nonprofits, and volunteer work. Tempe Leadership aims to develop potential leaders by providing them with the knowledge and connections necessary to serve effectively in the community.

Running from September to May, the program requires participants to attend 18 to 20 issue days (mostly on Fridays), as well as develop and implement a class project that benefits residents or organizations in Tempe. Issue days cover a wide range of topics, including public safety, arts and culture, education, business, health and wellness, transportation, and human services. A point system is used to track participation, and a comprehensive packet with additional details is provided upon acceptance into the program.

By the end of the program, graduates will have a comprehensive understanding of the inner workings of the city, enabling them to make a positive impact on the community and its future.

Those interested in joining the upcoming class of Tempe Leadership can submit their applications before the May 15 deadline. For more information on the program and the application process, visit