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Learn About Government from the Inside Out

Apply for Clearwater's Citizens Academy Program

Post Date:07/05/2018 11:04 AM

Learn About Government from the Inside OutCitizens Academy, Clearwater 101

Applications are now being accepted for the 17th annual Citizens Academy, Clearwater 101, a ten-week program providing citizens with a hands-on learning experience about the people, equipment and infrastructure it takes to run Pinellas County’s second-largest city. The program will begin with orientation on Tuesday, Sept. 4 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The classes that follow will also be on Tuesday evenings from 6 to 8:30 p.m. through graduation on Nov. 15.

This interactive program is an educational experience for Clearwater residents interested in civic affairs. Sessions are led by elected officials, department directors and city staff who share information about the city’s operations and key issues facing Clearwater today. Participants must attend at least eight of the ten sessions in order to graduate at the City Council meeting on Nov. 15.

Applications can be completed online: Printed applications are also available at or by calling (727) 562-4708.

A selection committee will choose 20 participants from the applications received. The committee will judge applications based on responses to questions while ensuring that the class reflects the diversity of the Clearwater community, with representatives from different neighborhoods and sections of the city. For program information or to apply, visit

Applications must be received no later than Aug. 1.

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