The Alameda County Citizens Academy is accepting applications for its Fall 2015 class.
Formerly known as the Alameda County Leadership Academy, the Citizens Academy is a six-session interactive program that provides insight to county services and operations and offers opportunities for civic engagement in the county.
This will be the fifteenth year that the county has offered this free program to adults who live, work, or own a business in Alameda County.
The academy will convene bi-weekly on Wednesday evenings from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. between Sept. 23 and Dec. 2.
The academy includes tours of key county facilities, demonstrations of specialized equipment and hands-on exercises that illustrate how vital government services are provided to the community.
Through interactive presentations involving county leaders, the Citizens Academy is designed to people learn about the workings of Alameda County and acquire knowledge about how to increase civic involvement.
Participants learn about the wide range of services provided by Alameda County, its mission, and the budget development process. The sessions allow Academy members to develop their public speaking skills and network with others in the community.
Space is limited. To complete an online application, go to www.acgov.org/academies/citizens/.
The application deadline is Sept. 3. Participants will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis, though the location of an applicant’s home or workplace may be considered in order to provide countywide representation.