FOCUS Greater Syracuse in partnership with University College of Syracuse University, Onondaga County, and the City of Syracuse, offers 35 selected applicants an 8-week interactive course of study on how local governments are organized and how services are funded and delivered.
This national award-winning program is a way to learn about citizen involvement through an integrated approach to economic vitality, social equity and a healthy environment. Class members meet with a panel of the people who work on these topics day-to-day to hear about their challenges and opportunities and then to participate in an open question and answer session. Classes meet at locations throughout the Greater Syracuse area and often include tours of the facilities, including the Lakeview Amphitheater, Justice Center, Metropolitan Wastewater Treatment Plant, and Syracuse City Hall.
Classes for 2018 were 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday evenings in September and October. There is a $50 fee, which can be paid in two payments one due by Sept. 1 the other by Oct. 1. Scholarships are available. This year in addition to Syracuse University we thank National Grid for support of Citizens Academy.
Watch for the 2019 Citizens Academy application to open in May or June 2019 at the FOCUS link HERE.
Patterns of Government in Onondaga County – 2018 edition – is the text for the class.
You can see some of the class activities in past academy CLASS PHOTOS.