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 Program Description

Modeled after best practices in other thriving cities, the Mayor’s Citizens Institute is a free, 10-week experience in which a group of approximately 25 Akron residents will meet once a week in the evenings, to engage with City departments and leaders. Participants will be diverse and interested in finding out how their local government works and in turn, how they can help Akron grow and succeed.

Attendees will learn about available city programs, services, meet city staff and experience mock decision-making processes. By engaging diverse citizens, we hope to educate one another, and foster pride, progress and partnerships within our community. We believe the Mayor’s Citizens Institute will spark an interest in public service, increase citizen engagement in City events and processes, give citizens a voice in their community, and will help to educate others in their knowledge of the City of Akron. It is our ultimate goal to develop participants into true ambassadors for Akron and all it has to offer.

City leaders/programs will benefit from the participant feedback, creativity and newly formed community partnerships and support. Through the Institute, we will establish better communication and transparency between city government and our citizens.

Participants must be 18 or older and live in Akron. Dinner will be provided each evening as well as the transportation required for moving participants from locations/ departments/facilities throughout the city.

The City of Akron Citizens Institute is funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Leadership Akron serves as the fiscal agent.

Applications for the 2019 Mayor's Citizens Institute are being accepted through June 24, 2019.  Click here to access the fillable .pdf application.

2019 Program Schedule

All dates are Tuesdays, unless otherwise noted.

All events take place from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

August 6: Welcoming Reception

August 13: Akron Police Department 1 of 2

August 20: Akron Police Department 2 of 2

August 27: Recreation Bureau / Lock 3 / Ohio Erie Canal Coalition

September 3: Public Service Department

September 10: Fire Department -Station 4 / NARCAN Training

September 17: Dept. of Neighborhood Assistance / Housing

September 24: Planning / Office of Integrated Development

October 2 (Wednesday): Akron Waterways Renewed (OCIT Project) Trolley Tour

October 7: (Monday) City Council Meeting 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

October 15: Human Resources/ Health Equity / Finance

October 29: Graduation Ceremony

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