Social and Orientation


  • Meet class members
  • Review the program for the year and answer questions about participation, the project and complete administrative tasks.
  • Prepare for Team Building

It has become a tradition to start the issue days at the Gilbert Historical Museum. The evening is filled with laughter, excitement and energy to kick off a new year. This is an evening for the class to meet one another and get ready for the next issue day.

Team Building


  • Get to know your fellow class members
  • Build camaraderie
  • Enhance leadership skills
  • Overcome obstacles and build confidence in yourself and your classmates

The class embarks on a journey to Chauncey Ranch in Prescott, they will learn more about one another on the bus ride activities and then will be challenged through-out the day with team activities to teach them to work with one another and challenge the different personalities. The issue day ends with a challenging high/low ropes course. Sure to be a day of lifetime memories.



  • To gain knowledge and understanding of Gilbert’s origin and development.
  • To meet individuals integral to Gilbert’s past.

 The history of Gilbert is key to our program. The class will hear cowboy stories from a panel of Gilbert seniors, tour the museum and then walk downtown as past Mayor talks all about the changes that have happened over the last 20 years enjoying lunch at Joe’s BBQ.

Healthcare and Social Services


  • Experience healthcare at Mercy Gilbert Medical Center in Gilbert
  • Learn about types of social services available to the citizens of Gilbert
  • Become actively involved in volunteer activities

 Now with three hospitals in Gilbert healthcare is an important topic to the students.  The students tour Mercy Gilbert Medical Center and/or Banner Gateway Medical Center, hear from a panel on current healthcare issues. Then the class spends time with seniors at the Senior Center wrapping up the day with children at the Boys and Girls club.

Community Culture


  • Learn about the importance of the Arts to Gilbert and relationship to the community
  • Tour the Higley Performing Arts Center and Chandler Gilbert Community College Arts Department
  • Learn how parks and recreation impact our community

 With Hale Theatre and Higley Performing Arts Center in our community the students learn the ins and outs of putting on a show including all the volunteers that love the arts and give back. With being rated the 36th best place to live learn about our parks and you will see why people move to Gilbert and many more travel to take pictures at our Riparian.



  • Gain an understanding of the rich educational options that are available in Gilbert and the East Valley from elementary school through undergraduate degrees
  • Examine issues and trends in local, national and global education
  • Understand how a robust education infrastructure contributes to a strong community

Education is an important factor in Gilbert and that shows through the high ratings the Gilbert school district receives. The students learn about ASU Polytechnic, Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Charter and Public Schools.



  • Provide an overview of the Town of Gilbert as an organization.
  • Provide information regarding the Town’s services, revenue sources, budget, and regional relationships.
  • Tour Town of Gilbert facilities and provide department specific information.
  • Discuss current and future challenges and issues facing the community.  

Not sure the difference between a city and a town or how the town is run?  The students hear from a variety of departments from the City Manager, Public Works to lunch with the Mayor. This gives students an opportunity to understand the town budget and talk with city officials one on one.

Economic Development


  • Provide a comprehensive overview of regional economic development and how it relates to Gilbert
  • Learn about Economic Programs and initiatives that drive and retain businesses in Gilbert
  • Provide a driving tour of major commerce areas with stops at Gilbert-based businesses

Spend the day with the Economic Development department at the Town. Learn how Gilbert recruits businesses and the type of market we are transforming into.  Then tour local businesses and hear from corporate owned, small businesses and entrepreneurs and why they chose Gilbert.

Public Safety


  • Provide an understanding of the various Public Safety functions and responsibilities of the Town
  • Provide an overview of and information on how Police, Fire, and Courts operate and interrelate
  • Provide information on volunteer opportunities with Police, Fire, and Courts in Gilbert

Talk face to face with Police, Fire and the Judge of Gilbert. Take a tour behind the scenes and test out your skills on the firing range simulator. This is a great opportunity to learn about CERT and many other volunteer opportunities.

Connect and Reflect


  • Reflect on the past year
  • Identify opportunities for continued development
  • Sign up to assist with one or more issue days for upcoming class

This always comes way to fast as the class meets at the Gilbert Historical Museum to end where they started. The class will discuss the great things they learned through-out the last 9 months and how they have bonded. Now that the students are ready to get involved in the community many openings are presented to the class for them to begin the next chapter in leadership.