Citizens Academy

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The City of Lansing's Citizens Academy is a 10 week civic engagement course.
Participants will meet weekly for 2 hours on Wednesday evenings beginning Wednesday, September 4, 2019, from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm.

Group tours will include City Hall, the BWL grid control room, and other City facilities. Presentations will be given by local City officials and department directors and staff. A light meal will be served each week.

Citizens Academy provides an opportunity for City of Lansing residents to learn more about the role the City plays in their everyday lives with a behind the scenes look at local government. 

Applicant criteria: 
A City of Lansing resident (either homeowner or renter) and 18 years or older. No prior local government experience necessary, all residents are welcome to apply! Considerations for AP Government high school students will be made. Applicants must complete an application for consideration. Applicants cannot be running for, or currently serving in an elected office. Applicants must be current on their property taxes. The first class will be a cohort of 24. Admitted participants will be notified beginning: Wednesday, August 7, 2019.

Applications for the Fall 2019 are closed at this time. Please look for the Fall 2020 application to open in July 2020.


'As a newer Lansing resident, I was really interested in learning more about my community. I enjoyed learning about how Lansing runs and grows through the Citizens Academy program. Each week focused on a different sector and brought in City officials with huge amounts of knowledge to share with our group. We toured important buildings around the City and were given a unique opportunity to learn how Lansing functions. I especially enjoyed learning about the City Clerk's office and the organization and hard work that goes into the election process. Getting an insider look at the voting machines and learning about the huge amount of care that goes into the election process made me proud to live in Lansing.' 
-Carly Pollack, Fall 2018 Citizens Academy graduate