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Civic Engagement Academy

Now Accepting Applications for Spring 2022

Class size is limited - applications are due by March 2, 2022

Virtual Civic Engagement Academy

The City of Wichita Virtual 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
Graduates will earn a Certificate of Civic Leadership
recognized by the City of Wichita and the Kansas
Leadership Center.

This session will be conducted virtually via Zoom.
Program Dates for Spring 2022
Wednesday evenings 5:45 - 8:30pm

March 23

March 30

April 6

April 13

April 20

April 27

May 4

May 11

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


Due by March 2, 2022

Submit an application

​What is 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 Wednesday evenings

Class: 25-35 participants

Location: Currently being held virtually via Zoom due to COVID-19 precautions

Facilitation Methodologies: Classroom instruction, *tours, simulations, class discussion, experimentation, small group activities.

*Due to COVID-19 precautions, all in-person facility tours are being postponed to a future date.