Getting Involved in Your Pennsylvania Local Government

This online course will help you understand how Pennsylvania local governments work, explore ways you can become involved, and explain how to run for office.
Getting Involved in Your Pennsylvania Local Government - Online Courses
Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Length of Access: 365 days
Sections: 4
Length: 4 hours
Language: English

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How can you make a difference in your community? One important way is by participating in your local government. This self-paced course is designed for anyone who wants to better understand local government in Pennsylvania and the best ways to get involved. Through a combination of videos and short readings, you will gain the tools and knowledge you need to become a more effective member of your community. Short multiple choice knowledge check questions help you to make sure you are on the right track.

How can you influence elected officials and work within the system to make your home a better place to live? Or maybe you have an interest in running for office yourself. You will learn the practical, nuts-and-bolts aspects of becoming an elected official.

The course also includes a reference guide to some of the most common elected positions in Pennsylvania local municipalities that will be helpful to you in whatever capacity you decide to become involved.

Who is this for?
  • Anyone with an interest in local government
  • People considering running for local government positions
What will you learn?

You will learn how to:

  • identify the different forms of Pennsylvania municipalities
  • differentiate the most common local elected positions
  • outline the levels of public service involvement
  • work with elected officials
  • prepare for public service and become a candidate
  • campaign successfully


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