The Civic Engagement Academy is a hands-on discovery program for residents that desire to explore civic engagement behaviors and action steps for themselves, their families, and neighbors for the purpose of improving overall quality of life conditions. Participants will become acquainted with general City operations and an understanding of the work of various City Departments. The Academy is free of charge and will include:
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.
What Is the Civic Engagement Academy?
The Civic Engagement Academy (CEA) 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
Invite, inspire and empower individuals to civically engage with their municipal government.
Teach individuals how and why to become civically engaged.
Provide hands-on experience with specific civic engagement activities.
Inspire regular voting habits.
Days/Times: 8 sessions each 3 hours in length, on Monday evenings
Class: 30 to 40 participants
Location: City Hall Board Room, 455 N Main St
Facilitation Methodologies: Classroom instruction, tours, simulations, class discussion, experimentation, small group activities.