The Leadership and Civic Engagement Development (LACED) program works to ensure the collective voice of underrepresented communities is heard. LACED trains and educates community members to take leadership positions on local government boards and commissions and to advocate for local decision making that addresses current social and economic challenges. By having community representation in local decision-making bodies — and, ideally, on the state level — there will be a direct impact on policies, procedures, and allocation of resources which will benefit marginalized San Diego communities.
LACED classes are 2 hours long and are scheduled once a week. The course includes a 10 week intensive training followed by an advanced training class scheduled once per month for 9 months.