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Aurora Civic Engagement Academy

Civic Engagement Academy Applications for the 2021 virtual academy is now closed.  Please check back for fall 2021 academy information. 

What does it mean to be a civically involved in Aurora? It means being part of one of the most international and dynamic cities around. It means being engaged with neighbors, leaders and businesses to guide a solid community.

In its desire to encourage responsible citizenship and understanding between the city government and the residents it serves, the Aurora City Council formed the Aurora Civic Engagement Academy in 2016. The six-session academy is designed to provide residents with a complete overview of city government, resident participation and the opportunities that exist for resident involvement.

Come learn what it means to have a city government based on the Core 4 values of integrity, respect, professionalism and customer service.  

Watch Council Member Angela Lawson speak about the Aurora Civic Engagement Academy

Watch fall 2017's academy participate in a Mock Council Meeting

The Aurora Civic Engagement Academy is split into six class sessions, meeting once a month on Thursdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. through the Webex virtual platform.  Class dates are:

2021 - April 8th, 15th, and 29th; May 6th and 20th; and June 3rd. 


All sessions will be virtual and participants are required to provide their own equipment to access the meeting virtually.   

Applicants must be residents of the city of Aurora. The minimum age for participants is 14. Selection is on a first-come, first-served basis until the maximum class size is reached.

There is no cost to participate in the academy. 

What You Can Expect to Learn

  • Different levels and forms of government
  • Aurora’s council/manager government structure
  • Duties and responsibilities of elected officials
  • Overview of city departments and services
  • Role of HOAs and other neighborhood groups
  • How citizen boards and commissions can influence policy
  • Steps for a proposed ordinance to become law
  • City council meeting process
  • Importance of the budget
The course outline is coming soon!

Email c[email protected] or call 303.739.7015 for more information about the Aurora Civic Engagement Academy.

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