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Civic Engagement Academy

Apply Now to Participate in Aurora Civic Engagement Academy
Posted on 05/25/2023

In partnership with the Aurora Civic Engagement Commission, the city of Aurora is accepting applications for the Aurora Civic Engagement Academy at The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. Friday, June 30.   

The Aurora Civic Engagement Academy is an eight-week program that helps residents deepen their knowledge of the city and its operations. The program aims to develop and cultivate leaders in the community and provide insights into council's decision-making process. Topics covered include: 

  • Aurora’s council/manager government structure 
  • Duties and responsibilities of elected officials 
  • Role of HOAs and other neighborhood groups 
  • How city boards and commissions can influence policy 
  • Steps for a proposed ordinance to become law 
  • City Council meeting process  
  • City budget and its importance  
  • And much more

Participants will also engage in a community project as part of this program. 

This year’s Civic Engagement Academy takes place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday evenings starting July 12 through Aug. 30 at different locations in the city. Graduates will be recognized at a City Council meeting. 

The class is limited to 25 participants who must be residents of Aurora or be employed at a business with a physical presence in Aurora. The applications are reviewed by the Aurora Civic Engagement Commission and approved in the order received, considering the applicant’s availability to commit to the eight-week program and desire to engage in Aurora government.   

To learn more and apply, visit  

Questions? Contact Johnathan Harris at [email protected] or call 303.739.7923.

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