The Division of Citizen Services, per city charter, coordinates and oversees the Office of Citizen Participation and Information and the Citizen’s Advisory Committee. The office manages the Mayor’s Citizens' Participation Academy, and other ancillary programs.
The Mayor’s Citizens' Participation Academy was founded in September 2006 to engage City of Buffalo residents in their local government by providing an interactive public forum, learning firsthand about the structure and management of the City of Buffalo. Participants are brought together with elected and appointed officials, in an informal setting, to learn about city government through presentations, case studies and site tours. Each session focuses on a specific area of government, such as economic development, community programs, public safety, and a myriad of other topics.
This free, 10-week program is open to interested City of Buffalo residents ages 18 and over. Upon completion of the Academy, graduates will be encouraged to further expand their community involvement as a city or neighborhood association volunteer.
This Citizens' Participation Academy consists of 10 sessions, eight Tuesday evening 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. and two Saturday morning sessions 9 a.m. to noon (please note sessions may last approximately 2.5 hours and days are subject to change).