Registration is now open for the fall 2011 Worcester Civics Academy. The email from Mayor O’Brien’s office describes it as:
The purpose of the Worcester Civic Academy is to build the capacity of community leaders to more effectively engage their government institutions. The 6 session academy will provide an audience of approximately 25 civic leaders with a unique opportunity to learn about our municipal and state legislatures as well as our city departments, school and court systems. Civic leaders will have the opportunity to meet with school, court and government officials to hear their insider perspective on how these systems work and how community members can best access and utilize them. Participants will also be able to ask questions and engage these officials and representatives in discussion.
You can find the application here. There are six sessions in all, Monday nights from 5:30 to 7:30, with the first session October 3rd and the final session on November 21st, breaking for Columbus Day and Halloween.
Note from me: I was on the panel on local government, and I’d say this is a great way to get clear how things work (and how they don’t!). For anyone interested in local government (from any perspective) who has the time, I’d recommend it.