Last week, the City of Woodland celebrated the conclusion of its first-ever Civic Fellowship Program. During the eight-week program, eight fellows advanced crucial projects in their departments and participated in weekly professional development activities. One fellow commented that the program provided a “unique perspective on how we can effect change in local government.”
The Civic Fellowship Program established the City’s first formal, paid program to engage young adults with professional public service opportunities. The Fellowship allows the City to invest in the local workforce while fostering passion for careers in government. The program marks one of the first equity initiatives launched from the City’s new Equity Action Plan.
On Tuesday night, fellows capped off their work with a presentation to City Council. Fellows’ projects ranged from launching surveys to analyze diversity, equity, and inclusion for programs and staff, creating resources for affordable housing programs and Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) construction, leading the Library’s Square One Maker camp, supporting National Night Out, updating Hazard Mitigation Plans, and more.
Fellows also participated in weekly activities that broadened their understanding of local government and advanced their professional development skills. Activities included panel discussions with local elected officials, professional development workshops led by YoloWorks!, and visits to local nonprofits, community programs, and community assets.
As a key workforce development strategy, City Manager Ken Hiatt says, “this program allows the City to create new pathways for young adults interested in local government and pursuing careers where they can positively impact the their community.”
Four of the eight fellows have been recruited to continue work in their department beyond the program.
City staff will begin preparing for the 2024 Civic Fellowship Program in December. For more information, please visit the City’s website: