The Citizen's Academy is a ten week interactive program that teaches residents how city government is run. Each class is taught by staff from each of the City's departments and culminates with a mock commission meeting. There is no charge to join the Academy.

Goals:

  • Develop civic "ambassadors" within Coconut Creek neighborhoods who can become trusted and reliable sources of information for their neighbors
  • Develop a diverse group of citizens, who can offer "ex-officio" advice and feedback on current projects, initiatives, or events
  • Build a civic leadership network that increases participation in local affairs

Graduates will become part of an information network that will progressively grow. Ideally, some of these graduates will go on to run for elected office or sit on appointed boards.

2023 Class XIX Schedule

SessionDate / TimeLocation
Session I
Welcome, Vision 2030, Unity In Our Community, and City Finances
Tuesday, February 21
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Commission Chambers

Session II
Sustainable Development: Planning, Permitting, and Code Compliance

Tuesday, February 28
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Commission Chambers

Session lll
Human Resources, Information Technology, and Community Relations

Tuesday, March 7
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Commission Chambers

Session IV
Fire Rescue: Station, Equipment, and City Coverage

Tuesday, March 14
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Fire Station 50
No class on March 21st due to Spring Break.

Session V
Public Works: City Maintenance, Recycling, and Transportation

Tuesday, March 28
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Commission Chambers / Outdoors

Session VI
Police: Community Services, Safety, S.W.A.T. and K9 Team

Tuesday, April 4
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Police Training Room / Outdoors

Session VII
Utilities & Engineering: City Infrastructure, Water/Sewer Management

Tuesday, April 11
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Commission Chambers / Outdoors

Session VIII
Parks & Recreation: Parks, Green Spaces, Events, Activities, and Programs

Tuesday, April 18
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Commission Chambers / Bus Tour

Session IX
City Clerk, City Attorney, and Mock Commission Meeting

Tuesday, April 25
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Commission Chambers

Graduates receive Certificates of Completion on Thursday, April 27, 2023 7:00 PM during the City Commission meeting.

Contact: Yvonne Lopez at 954-973-6722 or ylopez@coconutcreek.net

Citizen's Academy Registration