Louisville Welcome Academy

About the Louisville Welcome Academy

The Louisville Welcome Academy is a free leadership training program sponsored by the Louisville Metro Government Office for Globalization. The mission is to build the knowledge and networks of foreign-born leaders to increase their capacity and become key stakeholders to empower and assist their communities. Please complete this form to apply for the 2021 session of the Louisville Welcome Academy. Information collected will not be shared outside of the Office for Globalization.


Participants in the Louisville Welcome Academy will:

  • Gain an in-depth understanding of city government services
  • Have greater accessibility to existing city and community resources
  • Build leadership capacity
  • Become part of the larger community network

This year, LWA will consist of six virtual sessions in order to follow the current public health guidelines to protect the safety and health of the participants. 

The sessions will run from March to July 2021. Each monthly session will be held in three 2.5 hour blocks, with the exception of the first session which will be 2 hours in length. Blocks will be held on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Cohort members should be ready to commit to participating in each of the three meetings in a minimum of four of the five sessions. 

SESSION I: Mar 22, 24, 26 - 9:00 - 11:00 AM
SESSION II: Apr 19, 21, 23 - 9:00 - 11:30 AM
SESSION III: May 17, 19, 21 - 9:00 - 11:30 AM
SESSION IV: Jun 21, 23, 25 - 9:00 - 11:30 AM
SESSION V: Jul 19, 21, 23 - 9:00 - 11:30 AM

  • City Government Services: Discussion about our city manager form of government, and the election of officials and their responsibilities. Overview of city departments and services. Will include learning how to use our public transportation system. 
  • Citizenship and Civic Engagement: Learn about the naturalization process and its importance, how to apply for U.S. Citizenship, what does it mean to be a U.S. Citizen. Discussion on what civic engagement means and ways to become civically engaged.
  • Leadership Development: Discussion and team-building exercises to build leadership skills. 
  • Volunteerism and Community Engagement: Participants will work on a volunteer community project with a local non-profit organization. An overview on volunteer opportunities and community resources available throughout the city.
  • Public Safety and the Courts: Tour and presentation of police and fire departments. We will also have an explanation of the criminal and civil courts. Discussion on the Department of Motor Vehicle and Drivers Licenses. 

Who can apply:

  • Leaders or professionals that currently work or serve the international community.
  • Willing to commit to the six sessions of this program. 
  • Looking to build or start an initiative that can benefit their communities.
  • Willing to become ambassadors and act as connectors between the city's communications and the communities.

When to apply:

The application window is closed.

How to apply:

Applications will be selected on a first-come, first-serve basis pending that all application requirements are met. Consideration to equal representation of our diverse ethnic communities will be given when selecting applicants. There is no cost to participants to attend; however, all applicants must be committed to at least five of the six sessions.

Once selected, each participant will receive a letter of acceptance that can be used to demonstrate to employer active participation in the program. The city will communicate the acceptance of each participant to their respective employers to ensure that each understands the value of participation. 

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