Goodyear Leadership Enrichment and Development (LEAD)

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This program seeks to leverage civically-minded resident interest in the city to prepare individuals for non-elected or elected leadership roles, foster community-based problem solving, and support neighborhood self-reliance through civic engagement. 

This free, 12-week, 22-hour community leadership program develops individuals to be more effective in their civic life, work with other community groups, and in community building and engagement efforts.

Class size is limited to 40 participants. The 2020 program will begin on Jan. 7, 2020.

Registration Closed

Contact Kim Perez, 623-882-7803 or Christina Plante, 623-882-7801 with any questions.

More about Goodyear LEAD curriculum:

Specifically, the courses:

  • cultivate a deeper appreciation of local government by providing in-depth information about how local government works,
  • develop skills to strengthen participants’ leadership capability and inform individual interest, and
  • build relationships with emerging community leaders.

Applicants must live or work in the city of Goodyear and be at least 18 years of age. 

Sessions will be scheduled from 6-8p.m. on consecutive Tuesdays in January, February and March of each year and each session includes dinner, networking and instruction. 

Upon completion of the program, graduates will receive a certificate and a lapel pin during a graduation ceremony to designate their accomplishment and alumni status. Enrollment in future courses will be open to alumni free of charge with RSVP. This will enable alumni to participate in additional classes, get a refresher, and have access to any additions to the curriculum as the program grows. 

Please note that completion requires the  attendance of no less than 20 of the 22 class hours. More than two hours of absence will make the participant ineligible for alumni status.

Core Coursework includes:

Week 1: Jan. 7

Government Overview

  • Federal, State, County, Local and School Board governments
  • Goodyear’s Charter: how we are organized, roles and responsibilities
  • A Day in the Life of an Elected Official
  • Opportunities for Involvement- Boards, Commissions, Committees

Week 2: Jan. 14

Public Finance

  • Budget/CIP
  • General Fund/Enterprise Funds
  • Where does the money come from?
  • Where does the money go?

Week 3: Jan. 21

The Development Continuum – Economic Development

  • Where Goodyear Ranks
  • How developers and businesses choose to locate

Week 4: Jan. 28

The Development Continuum

  • Goodyear’s General Plan
  • Planning & Zoning: review process, a citizen’s guide to reading plans,
  • Permit process, building safety
  • CIP: planning and budgeting for our future
  • Tracking and other resources available to residents

Week 5: Feb. 4


An overview of the diverse public works dept. with an emphasis in water:

  • Where does our water come from
  • How does it get here
  • Goodyear’s water needs and obligations

Week 6: Feb. 11

Quality of Life: Health, Safety & Wellness in Goodyear

  • A panel discussion with Goodyear's public safety leaders
  • Overview of Goodyear Parks & Recreation division

Week7: Feb. 18

Lean Government: Goodyear's Continuous Improvement Journey

An introduction to Lean Principles and how we have had success in the city.

Week 8: Feb. 25

Week 9: Mar. 3

Week 10: Mar. 10

Week 11: Mar. 17

Group Selected Elective

Week 12: Mar. 24

Estrella Foothills High School

Graduation:  Celebrate Completion of Coursework

  • Keynote Speaker relevant to demonstrated participant areas of interest
  • Alumni induction
  • Volunteer and Service Opportunities (Boards, Commissions, Committees, etc.)

Participants will vote to select the four electives to be added to the curriculum, at the conclusion of the week 5 session. Offerings that do not rank in the top four may be offered in future years or added as ad hoc continuing education opportunities for alumni. 

Elective Coursework Includes:


Building Strong Neighborhoods: how to leverage a community’s strengths to protect quality of life, the difference between an HOA , neighborhood alliance and neighborhood watch, how to plan and fund successful community events.

Citizen Guide to Reading Plans: an explanation of what and when residents can have influence on development, planning, and zoning. (Includes tour of Council Chambers)

Code Compliance 101: how the code compliance process works to address violations in our community; how to identify and report common violations.

Community Policing: Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design; SARA, How to be a Good Witness. (Includes tour of 911 Center)

Conflict Management: minimize the damage to relationships by using creative and positive steps to resolve conflict.

Goodyear Municipal Court: A deeper dive into the Judicial branch of local government, presented by the Court Administrator. Learn about the criminal justice system and how governmental branches work together as  related to the City of Goodyear with an additional presentation by the City of Goodyear head Prosecutor. (Includes Court tour)

How to Run for Office: things to consider before you run, legal documents and other requirements to run for office, boards and commissions and other non-elected opportunities to boost experience.

In Case of Emergency: an introduction and situation overview as well as explanation of the incident management cycle, a description of plan maintenance, and management and lists statutory authorities. (Includes tour of EOC)

School Boards and Local Government: Did you know that Goodyear has six different school districts within city limits? Each school district is governed by an elected board and has the ability to set policy, attendance boundaries and levy taxes. Learn about the distinctive functions of school boards and how these governing bodies interact with municipal government. 

Social Media 101: an introduction to various social media tools, such as Facebook, Twitter, Periscope, Nextdoor, and Constant Contact, and how community groups can use them to promote engagement.

 Storytelling for Community Building & Visioning: learn to extract a collection of hopes and dreams to build community and form a shared vision of the future.

Understanding HOAs: an overview of the legal duties of the board of directors including roles and responsibilities, fiduciary duty, parliamentary procedure, Arizona open meeting law and other State and Federal laws governing Community Associations

Water Conservation: learn to conduct a home irrigation checkup, which includes inspection of irrigation systems, fixtures and water budgeting.