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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 25-30 Akron residents will meet once a week in the evenings, to engage with City departments and leaders. Participants will be diverse, represent their ward and interested in finding out how their local government works and in turn, how they can help Akron grow and succeed. We have graduated over 103 residents from this program.

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 some transportation required for moving participations from locations/departments/facilities throughout the city.

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

Applications for the 2022 Mayor's Citizens Institute are being accepted through July 18, 2022.  Click here to access the fillable .pdf application. Once you download and complete, please attach it to your email or print it out and send to the mailing address below.

Send completed application to:
Email: [email protected] 

City of Akron
C/O Summer Hall
166 S. High Street Suite 200
Akron, Ohio 44308

FAX 330/375-2468

2022 Program Schedule

All dates are Tuesdays, unless otherwise noted.

All events take place from 5:30 PM – 7:45 PM.

August 24 (Wednesday): Welcoming Reception

August 30: Human Resources/ Finance/Purchasing/Contract Compliance

September 7 (Wednesday): Dept. of Neighborhood Assistance / Housing / 311 / Infant Mortality

September 13: Office of Integrated Development

September 20: Lock 3 / Recreation Bureau / Downtown Akron Partnership / Akronite App

September 26 (Monday): Mayor’s Office / Akron City Council 7:00-8:00pm

October 4: Public Service

October 11: Akron Police Department

October 18: Engineering / Ohio & Erie Canalway Coalition / Summit Metro Parks 

October 25:  Akron Fire Department - Station 4 

November 1: Akron Waterways Renewed! and Tour

November 10 (Thursday): Graduation Ceremony

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