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
- 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 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.