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Civic Engagement Academy

Apply Now to Participate in Aurora Civic Engagement Academy
Posted on 04/01/2024

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. Tuesday, April 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
  • City departments and their role

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. Wednesdays from May 1 through June 19 at different locations in the city.
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 and approved by the Aurora Civic Engagement Commission. The commission strives to select a diverse group of participants considering wards (if applicable), the applicant's full 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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