Those looking to participate in local government have a chance to learn more about how the City of Ann Arbor works with the Ann Arbor Community Academy.
The Ann Arbor Community Academy (A2CA) is returning for a fourth year to provide a broad view of local government for community members 18 years of age and older. During a series of weekly sessions, from Wednesday, March 10 to Wednesday April 28, participants will connect with city staff and officials to learn more about long-term city planning efforts, day-to-day operations, and the importance of civic involvement. Each session will take place from 6:30pm to 8:30pm, with the academy not meeting March 31 to coincide with Ann Arbor Public Schools spring break. The program, formerly known as the Ann Arbor Citizens Academy, is free to participants.
Those interested in A2CA can apply via online form here. The deadline to submit the interest form is Friday, February 19. THose who submit the form will be contacted with more information about the program and the next steps once planning is complete.
After participating in A2CA tours, presentations and activities designed to deepen the understanding of governmental functions and services, city leadership hopes participants will be motivated to play a more active role in shaping the future of Ann Arbor. Graduates from past academies have served on the City Council, Planning Commission, Public Art Commission, Water System Advisory Board, and other city projects and programs.
A2CA is designed to give the overview of city government for adult residents of the city of Ann Arbor. Based on program capacity, preference will be given to residents of the city of Ann Arbor over nonresidents.