Applications are now CLOSED for Citizens Academy Winter 2023.
Applications for the Fall 2023 Session will open in June.
We are excited to welcome our new class of 40 individuals to the Citizens Academy Winter Class of 2023!
Citizens Academy Winter 2023
The Board of Directors of FOCUS Greater Syracuse is proud to announce the launch of a second session of Citizens Academy! The session will be held in the winter and spring of 2023.
The program will run every Wednesday from February 1-April 4, 2023, 5:30-8:00 pm. We had over 100 applications for 40 seats for our fall program – with such a great demand, we have launched a second session for winter 2023.
With a network of over 600 engaged citizens, Citizens Academy has been a conduit of change and learning in Central New York for 18 years. Take the first steps to being informed about your community.
For more information on Citizens Academy, read below.
The Citizens Academy is an interactive educational program that informs citizens about 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.
Consider applying and share this information with anyone interested in building a better community with this National Award-Winning and enriching experience. You will be joining a strong network of over 600 engaged citizens who benefited from this unique and informative program.
Citizens Academy facilitates a dialogue between government leaders and the community.
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.
Schedule and Requirements
Sessions are held on Wednesday evenings, dates are tentative:
• February 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
• March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
• April 4*
* We will hold our graduation on Tuesday, April 4.
The schedule for classes now is 5:30-8 p.m. from February 1-April 4, 2023 at various government and community facilities. Some sessions will include tours of the facilities. Tours will begin at 4:15 p.m. and are optional. Light supper will be provided. APPLICATIONS ARE DUE BY SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2022.
- Fee is $50, due all at once or in two payments: September 1 and October 1. Scholarships are available upon request.
- The Citizens Academy is open to all who live or work in Onondaga County and are 18 years of age and older. Class size is limited.
With an alumni base of over 600 participants ranging from Onondaga County officials, Syracuse University Professors, lawyers, and local small business owners, Citizens Academy has become a staple within the Greater Syracuse community.
Citizens Academy is a collaboration between the City of Syracuse, Onondaga County, Syracuse University, and FOCUS Greater Syracuse to inform citizens about how local governments are organized and how services are funded and delivered. Major funding for Citizens Academy is provided by Syracuse University with additional support from National Grid and FM Reality Group.
INTERESTED IN SPONSORING CITIZENS ACADEMY?
For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Director of Marketing and Communications Jessica Lisi at (315) 448-8732 or firstname.lastname@example.org
THE ACADEMY FOR 2020 WAS AMAZING
Meet the People Working to Make CNY a Great Place to Live
FOCUS Greater Syracuse in partnership with Syracuse University’s Office of Community Engagement, Onondaga County, and the City of Syracuse, offers 15 to 40 selected applicants an 8-week interactive course of study on how local governments are organized and how services are funded and delivered. National Grid and FM Realty also provide support for the 2020 session.
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. The 2020 session has switched many of these opportunities to a virtual format.
Citizens Academy is open to anyone 18 years or older who lives or works in Onondaga County. Classes usually run 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday evenings in September, October and November. There is a $50 fee, which can be paid in two payments. Scholarships are available.
Patterns of Government in Onondaga County – 2018 edition – is the text for the class and is available free online.
You can see some of the class activities in past academy CLASS PHOTOS.
“Being part of Citizens Academy was a great experience. Everyone learns so much, and it deepens understanding of news about important issues in our community.”Stan Linhorst, The Post-Standard leadership columnist and former senior managing editor