City of Providence launches ‘Community Academy’ Civic Education Program

Mayor Jorge Elorza

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – Mayor Jorge Elorza and members of the African American Ambassadors Education Reform Subgroup have announced they are accepting applications for Providence Community Academy, a program to familiarize city services and municipal government.

“Here in Providence, we are always looking for ways to make City services more accessible to our residents,” said Mayor Jorge Elorza. “The Community Academy will provide individuals with a better understanding of the City’s municipal services, while also encouraging resident involvement to effect positive change in the community. This program will help to make Providence a city that works for everyone and I thank members of the African American Ambassadors Education Subgroup for working with the City to launch this program.”  

Providence Community Academy is a free, nine-week course for 30 residents beginning on April 25. Sessions will include a review on the branches of government, the functions of city departments, and an overview of the city’s budgeting process.

“Providence has many City services to offer residents, from parks and business licenses to marriage certificates and cultural events,” said Reverend Shane Lee. “Every resident participating in the Community Academy will learn how to best navigate and interact with Providence City departments to accomplish their goals, and they will be able to serve as ambassadors to help others in their community do the same.”

Online applications can be found on the City of Providence website and the deadline is March 18, at 4:30 p.m. Individuals 16 or older can apply. Anyone under 18 can apply with a waiver from a parent or guardian. Individuals will be notified of acceptance April 4.

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