Roanoke Citizen's Academy

What is a Citizen’s Academy?

The Roanoke Citizen’s Academy is a program that offers residents an operational behind the scenes look at their local government. This 10 week program will consist of presentations and excursions in the areas of public safety, public utilities, parks, library, and city administration. This is accomplished by holding classes at several different facilities around the city.

Who can participate?

Participation in the Roanoke Citizen’s Academy is open to those who live or work in the community with the class size limited to 16 participants age 21 and over. Class members must also be a registered voter. A selection process is necessary to ensure potential class members have a high level of interest in how their city operates on a day to day basis. Applicants who are not selected are encouraged to apply for a future class. Applicants will be selected with the following considerations.

  • Application submission date.
  • People who live within Roanoke city limits.
  • People who own a business within Roanoke city limits.
  • People who work within Roanoke city limits.
  • Graduates of the citizen academies associated with the City’s public safety departments.

The application period has closed. Please check back for future academy dates in 2023!