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2023 Info Flyer (PDF)

Applications for the 2023 Civics Academy are closed. Please email the Neighborhood Programs Coordinator with any questions. 


Look Behind the Scenes at Your City Government

City government touches so many facets of our everyday lives - from the streets we drive on to the parks we play in. We know that the City makes sure clean water arrives at our tap every day and that the police will be there in an emergency, but exactly how does your city operate, and how can residents contribute more to its success?

To answer these questions, the City of Auburn offers a free Civics Academy to Auburn residents, employees, business owners, and students.

*Please note, the Civics Academy is a non-partisan program provided through the City of Auburn. While the program may include topics regarding political activity in the city, campaigning or political debate are not appropriate in this forum.

For more information about Civics Academy, see below. For further questions, please contact Auburn's Neighborhood Programs Coordinator at [email protected]

What and when is Civics Academy?

This Academy provides an overview of City government operation, including insight regarding how the City makes its decisions, allocates its funds, and operates its departments. The goal of the Civics Academy is to empower and encourage residents, employees, business owners, and students to become more civically engaged in the City’s future decisions affecting Auburn’s quality of life.

The 2023 Auburn Civics Academy will be an 11-week course held one evening a week beginning Thursday, September 7, 2023 with four Saturday sessions in the mornings of September 16, September 23, and September 30, and October 7. The final class will be a graduation ceremony held on Thursday, November 16, 2023. Classes are held in multiple locations in the City of Auburn. Attendees must be willing to commit to attendance of sessions (can miss THREE sessions and still graduate).

Space in Civics Academy is limited, so not all applicants can be selected. The City determines Academy acceptance on a variety of factors to ensure that Academy enrollment reflects the diversity of the Auburn community. Applicants not selected this year will be put on a waitlist for the next offering of Civics Academy.

Academy and Course Objectives

Academy Objectives

We believe that when residents are better informed about how their city operates, how decisions are made and how funds are allocated they will make better decisions about the future of their city.

Course Objectives

  1. To involve and engage residents and businesses in learning about and understanding the operation of city government, and to improve communications between the City and those who live and work here.
  2. To provide insight into how decisions are made, how City funds are allocated, and how City departments operate.
  3. To empower and encourage a larger number of residents, employees, students, and business owners to become more civically engaged in the future decisions affecting Auburn's quality of life.
Who Can Apply?

Applications for the 2023 Civics Academy are closed. Please email Auburn's Neighborhood Programs Coordinator with any questions. 


  • Anyone who is an Auburn resident, business owner/employee, in school, has a general interest in Auburn, and not running or currently serving in a political office. Priority will be given to Auburn residents.
  • Participants must be willing to commit to the attendance of all sessions (you can miss three and still graduate).
  • The Academy is open to students (16 and over) looking for career inspiration or who need more experience before joining the workforce, adults who want to have a stronger understanding about government work, or retirees looking to be more involved in their community.
2023 Civics Academy Schedule
  • Week 5:
    Thursday, October 5, 2023 from 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

    A Matter of History
    at the White River Valley Museum
    Saturday, October 7, 2023 from 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
    Behind the Scenes to Keep it Going
    Human Resources and Innovation and Technology Departments
    Senior Center
  • Week 6:
    Thursday, October 12, 2023 from 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

    All About Auburn
    Community Services and Economic Development
    Arts and Culture Center
  • Week 7:
    Thursday, October 19, 2023 from 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

    Planning for Emergencies
    Emergency Management
    3rd Floor Annex Building 
  • Week 8:
    Thursday, October 26, 2023 from 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

    Planning and Building for Today and Tomorrow
    Community Development
    Senior Center
  • Week 9:
    Thursday, November 2, 2023 from 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

    Racial Equity at the City
    Office of Equity
    Senior Center