Citizens Academy is looking for 2017 class candidates

F.O.C.U.S. Greater Syracuse and University College at Syracuse University are now accepting applications for the 2017 Citizens Academy Class. In its 13th year with over 400 graduates, Citizens Academy teaches participants:

How our local government works
How they can join with government leaders to effect change
How to help create the future for our community

Topics that will be covered include: Community Vitality; Economic Vitality; Environmental Stewardship; Schools, Scholars and Resources; Public Safety; Planning, Land Use and Transportation; Local Government Budget and Finance; and the Organization of Local Government.

The 2017 session will run for eight consecutive Wednesday evenings from Sept. 6 through Nov. 1, 2017 (no class on Sep. 20). The class is held from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. with a supper provided at various county- and city-operated facilities throughout the community. Each night, there will be government officials and representatives to discuss challenges and opportunities their departments are facing and to answer participants’ questions.

Participation is FREE and participants are expected to attend all sessions. There are a limited number of spots available. The deadline for applications is Friday, July 31, 2017.

Applicants can apply online at or call 448-8732 for an application. Inquiries can be emailed to F.O.C.U.S. Citizen Engagement Manager Frank Moses at as well.

What is Citizens Academy?

Citizens Academy is collaboration between the City of Syracuse, Onondaga County, University College of Syracuse University and F.O.C.U.S. Greater Syracuse to inform citizens about how local governments are organized and how services are funded and delivered.

University College is the gateway to Syracuse University for part-time students. UC offers a variety of degree programs, certificates, and noncredit courses in formats that accommodate the busy schedules of part-time students. In addition to serving the academic needs of students, UC oversees Summer at Syracuse for all students as well as offers award-winning workforce training programs and sponsors time-honored community programs that promote civic engagement for the populace.

F.O.C.U.S. Greater Syracuse, Inc., a nonprofit organization at 201 E. Washington St. in Syracuse, engages in research, public policy and public education, enabling citizens to work with governments, businesses and other nonprofits to make sustainable, fact-based decisions that improve the quality of life and economic future for all residents of Central New York.