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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 12 Akron residents will meet once a week in the evenings (most meetings will be virtual), 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. Most sessions will take place on Zoom and three (3) sessions will take place in-person along with the Welcoming Reception and Graduation.

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 2020 Mayor's Citizens Institute are being accepted through July 31, 2020.  Click here to access the fillable .pdf application.

2020 Program Schedule

All dates are Tuesdays, unless otherwise noted.

All events take place from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM via Zoom or in person.

August 18 (in person): Welcoming Reception

August 25: Human Resources/ Labor Relations/ Finance

September 8 (in person): Akron Police Department 

September 15: Recreation Bureau / Lock 3 / Ohio Erie Canal Coalition

September 22: Public Service Department

September 29 (in person): Fire Department -Station 4 / NARCAN Training

October 6: Dept. of Neighborhood Assistance / Housing / Infant Mortality

October 13: Office of Integrated Development

October 19: (Monday): City Council Meeting 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

October 27 (in person):  Akron Waterways Renewed (OCIT Project) Tour

November 5 (Thursday and in person) : Graduation Ceremony

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