Citizens Academy


F.O.C.U.S. Greater Syracuse in partnership with University College of Syracuse University, Onondaga County, and the City of Syracuse, offers 35 selected applicants a free 8-week interactive course of study on how local governments are organized and how services are funded and delivered.  It is a place to learn about citizen involvement through an integrated approach to economic vitality, social equity and a healthy environment.  Sessions meet at various locations throughout the Greater Syracuse area.


We have enrolled the Class of 2017 with classes running from Sept. 6 to Nov. 1. If you are interested in applying for 2018, watch for our enrollment period to begin in June or July. Thanks for your interest.


Application Deadline Was: Friday, July 31, 2017

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F.O.C.U.S. Greater Syracuse and University College at Syracuse University has exceeded enrollment for the 2017 Citizens Academy Class. In its 13th year with more than 400 graduates, Citizens Academy teaches participants:

How our local government works

How they can join with government leaders to effect change

How to help create the future for our community

Topics that will be covered include: Community Vitality; Economic Vitality; Environmental Stewardship; Schools, Scholars and Resources; Public Safety; Planning, Land Use and Transportation; Local Government Budget and Finance; and the Organization of Local Government.

The 2017 session runs for eight consecutive Wednesday evenings from Sept. 6 through Nov. 1, 2017 (no class on Sep. 20). The class is held from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. with a supper provided at various county- and city-operated facilities throughout the community. Each night, there will be government officials and representatives to discuss challenges and opportunities their departments are facing and to answer participants’ questions.

Participation is FREE and participants are expected to attend all sessions. There are a limited number of spots available. The deadline for applications was Friday, July 31, 2017.

Applicants could apply online at or call 448-8732 for an application. Inquiries can be emailed to F.O.C.U.S. Citizen Engagement Manager Frank Moses at as well.

Sponsored by:

Banner bottom logosCitizens Academy is a collaboration of the City of Syracuse, Onondaga County, University College of Syracuse University and F.O.C.U.S. Greater Syracuse.

Download the 2017 Citizens Academy brochure here.

2017 CA brochure cover