Conducted by the Mayor’s Office and in collaboration with the African American Ambassador’s Education Reform Subgroup, the Community Academy pilot program, is a free, hands-on, and interactive public information program that allows residents an insight into City services and municipal government. The Community Academy pilot program aims to forge a stronger understanding of City services to increase community engagement.
Community Academy is an interactive pilot program, designed for 30 Providence residents 16 years or older. All participants interested in the Community Academy must attend all sessions to gain maximum value from the program. Participants will participate in a brief graduation ceremony at the conclusion of the program and receive a Mayoral Citation presented by Mayor Jorge O. Elorza.
The goal of the Community Academy is to:
- Familiarize residents with the processes and procedures associated with City services.
- Facilitate and deepen public knowledge and understanding of how City Government operates.
- Promote a two-way dialogue between City staff and residents.
- Enhance public participation by communicating opportunities for residents to become civically engaged
To apply for the Community Academy program, you must:
- Be at least 16 years or older
- Be able to attend classroom-style sessions for 2 hours per week for nine weeks
- Have an interest in learning more about your local government
- Preference given to residents of Providence, RI