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Civic Leadership Engagement Roadmap (CLER) Application

The Civic Leadership Engagement Roadmap (CLER) is a proprietary, experiential leadership program that takes women from having general civic knowledge to becoming civic leaders. CLER is a program designed for impact-driven women dedicated to making change through civic action. 


“Real change happens in our communities when we understand what we believe, why we believe it and then we choose to do something about it. The Civic Leadership Engagement Roadmap is the catalyst for women to begin that journey.”

Criteria for Participation

CLER is an investment in your personal knowledge, civic leadership, and development of key relationships in your community. Comparable programs typically cost $2000. CLER applicants are asked to donate at least $300, or $30 per month, to The Policy Circle in order for their application to be accepted. If you are unable to make this donation, please contact Kim at communityleader@thepolicycircle.org to receive an Award Application.

Successful applicants will be women who have the following characteristics:

  • Civic-minded and committed to her community: wants to use her voice and her time to make meaningful change in her community, votes, volunteers and has the drive to lead.
  • Leadership capacity and experience: has demonstrated leadership experience in her career and/or other aspects of her life and is ready to take on more leadership capacity.
  • Growth mindset: seeks opportunities to expand her leadership skills and style as well as her purpose, and is creative in problem-solving and goal setting.

If you have any questions about the criteria for participation or want to make a recommendation, please email the CLER program team at communityleader@thepolicycircle.org


Please fill out the short application below to begin the process.

Make it your New Year’s Resolution to become more civically engaged! Applications for CLER are being accepted now through December 31, 2021. The spring class of 2002 will run from February 1st through April 30th.

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  • Please include a headshot or photo, which will only be used with your consent in the future. The Policy Circle often features stories of our members in publications, newsletters, and social media.