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Civic Engagement Academy

Civic Engagement Academy

The City of Wichita Civic Engagement Academy
is for community members wanting to learn more about
interacting with their local government! The Academy is
free of charge and will include:
  • Guest presenters
  • Civic simulations
  • Engagement activities
  • Facility Tours
Graduates will earn a Certificate of Civic Leadership
recognized by the City of Wichita and the Kansas
Leadership Center.

This session will be conducted in person at the Rockwell Branch Library.

Questions? Email Cory Buchta at or call (316)352-4886​​

Upcoming Program Dates for Spring 2023
Thursday evenings 5:45 - 8:30pm​

April 20

April 27

May 4

May 11

​Questions? Email Cory Buchta at or call (316)352-4886


Due by March 3, 2023

Submit an application

​What is the Civic Engagement Academy?

The Civic Engagement Academy is an eight-week course that helps residents explore civic engagement behaviors and action steps to improve quality of life for their families, and neighbors. Participants become acquainted with general City operations and an understanding of the work of various City Departments. Opportunities to experiment with civic engagement ideas are built into the classroom instruction and optional homework assignments.

The academy is offered twice per year, typically in March and October.  Applications are accepted starting eight weeks prior to the Academy session.

Overall Program Objectives​

  1. Invite, inspire and empower individuals to civically engage with their municipal government.

  2. Teach individuals how and why to become civically engaged.

  3. Provide hands-on experience with specific civic engagement activities.

  4. Inspire regular voting habits.


  • Days/Times: 8 sessions each 3 hours in length, on Thursday evenings
  • Class: 30-40 participants
  • Location: Rockwell Branch Library
  • Facilitation Methodologies: Classroom instruction, tours, simulations, class discussion, experimentation, small group activities.