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Home > City Departments > Citizens Services > Citizen Participation and Information > Mayor’s Citizens’ Participation Academy

Mayor’s Citizens’ Participation Academy

Are you interested in learning more about City Government and how to become involved within the City of Buffalo? Are you interested in learning more about the structure and management of local government and want to become more actively engaged?

Apply to become a member of Mayor Byron W. Brown’s Citizen’s Participation Academy!

The FREE course begins Tuesday, August 11, 2015.  Applications will be accepted until Friday, August 7, 2015.

Created in Fall 2006, The Citizen’s Participation Academy (CPA) was designed to give City of Buffalo residents a better understanding of local government by providing an interactive forum about the structure and management of the City of Buffalo.

During the Academy, participants learn about an assortment of diverse themes including education, public safety, community programs, and economic development. Each session unites Commissioners and Department Directors with participants in an informal setting, to learn about the structure, challenges, and vision for their respective departments.

Past Academy graduates include city residents, such as block club members, business owners and various community leaders. During the 2006 October Surprise storm, many participants were able to witness firsthand  how city government operates in an emergency, as some had the opportunity to volunteer at the Mayor’s 311 Call and Resolution Center and various warming centers, assisting other citizens in need.

By affording citizens an avenue to observe government, the City of Buffalo hopes to instill a sense of connectivity between city government and the public.  Through the process of learning, it will lead and inspire citizens to become more involved in their neighborhoods and take the knowledge gained from the course back to their respective communities.

This free 10-session course is geared towards City of Buffalo residents age 18 and older. Classes will be held every Tuesday evening beginning August 11, 2015 through September 29, 2015.

Applications, available at the Division of Citizen Services (218 City Hall) and on the city’s website:, will be accepted until Friday, August 7, 2015. For additional information, please email or call 716-851-5672.
 - Click here to apply for the Summer 2015 Mayor's Citizen’s Participation Academy