PHILADELPHIA – On Saturday, March 16, the Office of Civic Engagement and Volunteer Service (OCEVS) will offer a full day of free civic engagement trainings for Philadelphians.

The Civic Engagement Academy (CEA) 2.0 covers topics in community engagement and civic leadership, including community meeting management, data and evaluation, personal branding, asset mapping, and coalition building among other topics. The goal of the training is to support Philadelphia residents, many of whom are already highly involved within neighborhood groups and organizations. The trainings provide tools and strategies to fit the unique needs of residents who would like to expand their community work in Philadelphia neighborhoods.

After seeing a large uptick in the number of Philadelphians interested in volunteering, giving back, and getting involved on a local level, OCEVS expanded its community education offerings to meet the increased demand. In 2017 and 2018, OCEVS trained more than 700 Philadelphians through its community education programs.

For the first time, this year’s CEA 2.0 will take place during AmeriCorps Week, a weeklong series of social and professional development events for members serving in AmeriCorps programs. Local AmeriCorps members and alumni are encouraged to join their fellow Philadelphians for a day of training and networking.

The CEA 2.0 is free to attend and will take place in the Municipal Services Building, 1401 JFK Boulevard on Saturday, March 16. Residents can get more information and sign up at