Downtown Academy was established by Fresno’s Leading Young Professionals (FLYP) in 2010 to answer the question: How do we make downtown Fresno a vibrant place to live and work? Five classes have now completed Downtown Academy resulting in amazing discussions and discoveries, transformational class projects, and producing some of our city’s best and most influential advocates. This program showcases the very best of FLYP’s guiding principals to LEAD, SERVE, CONNECT and was referred to as “one of the best programs to come out of the revitalization movement” by Mayor Swearengin (3.3.2016).
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|Clay Gilpin||Danae Garza||Daniel Ramos|
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|Genevieve Hinojos-Spalding||Gloria Flores||Heather Ann Gonzales|
|Jeff Spivak||Jennifer Solla||Joseph Zimmerl|
|JP Prendergast||Justin Loyear||Kristina Garabedian|
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|Megan Souza||Michelle Perry||Mohsin Mohsin|
|Parker Coelho||Ross Pearson||Tasha Oneal|
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Are there refunds?
No. Never. Not for any reason. Your class fees go towards food, travel, admissions, and lodging throughout the entire 9-month program. We pay many of these expenses up front and we are charged whether you are there or not. Unfortunately, we cannot give refunds.
Do I have to attend all 9 classes?
Yes. By agreeing to participate, we expect that you will be present for all 9 classes. If you cannot be present on the dates listed above, you should consider leaving that spot for someone else who can commit. FLYP, Downtown Fresno Foundation, and your classmates expect that you will fully commit to attending all class days from start to finish. If you have a conflict, please contact Downtown Fresno Foundation to discuss your options.
Please note that attendance at the field trip is absolutely required. No exceptions.
Failure to attend the field trip will result in immediate forfeiture of your space in the class.
You will not receive a refund.
What’s in it for me?
Downtown Academy is a great opportunity for FLYP members to become more involved in and informed about the downtown community.
You’ll hear incredible stories from local business owners, explore spaces you didn’t know existed, and view the city from the tallest buildings. You’ll gain a deeper understanding of city planning, placemaking, and urban design. You’ll create a tight network with other young professionals who are committed to Fresno’s future, dine at a variety of downtown restaurants, and volunteer your time with businesses that directly impact downtown’s revitalization. The class will also be given an unforgettable graduation party, that will highlight each student individually for their participation in the program. And finally, each graduate will be considered Downtown Fresno Boosters after graduation!
What should I expect on a typical class day?
Plenty of walking, learning, and fun! We start each evening with dinner at a downtown restaurant at 6 pm. We depart the designated meeting spot and spend the next two hours visiting downtown sites: theaters, historic buildings, offices, tunnels, galleries, lofts, and more. At each stop we talk with business owners, community leaders, artists, visionaries, executives, and residents about their unique perspective of downtown Fresno. Classes take places rain or shine, hot or cold, and we walk a lot. We will do our best to make accommodations for any class members with unique physical or health needs.
What can I expect on the field trip?
This is an overnight trip. We leave early Saturday by bus (or train!) and spend the day touring a downtown followed by a group discussion over dinner. We spend the night in a hotel, and then continue touring Sunday morning. We wrap up with lunch and then it’s back on the bus (or train!) to Fresno. We walk a lot. Class members are paired two per room, whether you know them or not. All class members are required to ride the bus (or train1) to and from our destination cities. The bus (or train!) trip is an unique experience where class members really get to know one another, build relationships, and become friends! Your class fee pays for travel, lodging, and Friday dinner. Breakfast and lunches are on your own.
How do I apply?
Applications for Class VI are closed. Check back in July-August 2018 for the Class VII application.
I have more questions. Who can I talk to?
Bianca Camara at the Downtown Fresno Partnership will be happy to answer any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org