Department of Neighborhoods

Press Release

Spring 2023 session starts March 8
Application Deadline - February 8, 2023

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January 6, 2023 -- The Department of Neighborhoods (DON) invites Houston residents to apply for enrollment in the Complete Community University (CCU) Spring 2023 leadership training course. The course will run 8 weeks, March 8 to April 26, 2023, Wednesdays, 6-8:30 p.m., in person and online via Microsoft Teams. In-person classes will be held at the City Hall Annex, 900 Bagby Street.

The CCU program coaches emerging leaders on civic engagement methods and techniques, cultivates positive relationships between community leaders and the City of Houston, and promotes the participation of residents in civic activities to vitalize neighborhoods.

The CCU curriculum focuses on leadership development through civic engagement, volunteerism, and voter education. Participants explore how city and county government function and relate to neighborhoods and how to effectively access City and community services. The classes are conducted by DON staff with extensive experience in civic engagement and knowledge of Houston communities and feature presentations by City department and community subject experts.

Apply today!
At least 30 enrollees will be selected through a competitive application review process conducted by department staff. Selection criteria includes commitment to civic involvement in the City of Houston, leadership potential, skills, and experience. Diversity and representation from all City Council districts will also be considered. The application deadline is February 8, 2023. For the application guidelines and forms, go to For questions, call 832-393-1061 or email

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About Complete Communities University
Complete Communities University was introduced in 2018 by the Planning and Development Department as part of the Mayor’s Complete Communities initiative. The Department of Neighborhoods relaunched the program in the fall of 2021, introducing a new curriculum for emerging community leaders and opening participation to residents from all Houston neighborhoods. The 8-week course focuses on leadership strategies to promote civic engagement, volunteerism, and voter participation. The course also explores how city and county governments function and relate to neighborhoods and how to effectively access City and community services and resources.