Many local governments sponsor "Citizens Academies" to teach citizens about the roles and responsibilities of local governments and also to develop more informed citizens to serve on various public boards and commissions.
The School of Government at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has compiled an excellent catalog of Citizen's Academy programs and helpful hints.
Below are some links to specific examples contributed by NACIO members. The International City/County Management Association (ICMA) also has information on how to create a citizen's academy. NACIO Vice President Lori Hudson also presented at a workshop on steps for creating a citizen's academy.
By the People, For the People: County Government 101 for Citizens
Citizens academy program leaders in Cumberland, Guilford and Nash counties discuss challenges, details, differences in programs, and success stories during a workshop held at Aug. 23, 2013, at the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners' 106th Annual Conference.
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