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Citizen's Academy logo - Click for Flyer/Printable ApplicationClearwater 101 Citizen's Academy

Clearwater 101 is an interactive program that focuses on educating citizens about the City's governmental processes. Elected officials, department directors and other city staff will host unique and informative sessions designed to give citizens hands-on experience in city government operations. Join other citizens who help keep our community strong by actively participating in City affairs.

The application period to apply for the Citizens Academy program has passed. The deadline to apply for the 2016 program was Aug. 1. The application period for the 2017 class will be open in July 2017.

The programís 10-session curriculum will be held on Tuesday evenings from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and are held at various locations throughout the city. Participants must attend eight of ten sessions in order to graduate from the program.

2015 Citizen's Academy Graduating Class:
Image of 2015 Graduating Class - Click to Enlarge

Program History

The first Clearwater 101 Citizen's Leadership Academy began with a picnic held at Moccasin Lake Nature Park on September 14, 2002. Premiering as an eight-week program, it offered Clearwater residents an opportunity to learn how their government functions. Recognizing that residents are the city's most important assets, officials designed the program to educate citizens and help them become more actively involved in local government.

Archive of photos from previous Citizen's Academy classes