Citizens Academy

Citizens AcademyThe Wake Forest Citizen’s Academy is a seven-week course designed to offer participants an educational and interactive experience on the workings of Town government.

The curriculum will cover current Town programs, services, and procedures, and offer an inside looks at several departments, including Public Works, Police, Fire, Communications, Finance, Planning, Engineering, Wake Forest Power, IT, Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources, the Renaissance Centre, and Downtown Development. 

Led by Town staff, each weekly session will take place at a different Town facility. The final session will include a graduation ceremony and reception. 

“Our goal is to provide participants with a foundation of knowledge regarding town government programs and services,” said Strategic Performance Manager Lisa Hayes. “We believe this foundation, cultivated through interaction with Town staff, will serve to create a stronger, more informed community.”

2022 Schedule 

The 2022 Citizens Academy will meet from 6-8 p.m. Thursdays from September 15-October 27. A light meal will be provided with each session beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Citizen’s Academy Selection Criteria

  • Must be 18 years of age or older

  • Must attend minimum of five sessions to graduate

  • Written statement of desire to participate

  • Satisfactory background check

  • Priority given to residents and business owners, residing or running a business within Town limits

  • Looking for geographic diversity within the Town of Wake Forest and its Extraterritorial Jurisdiction (ETJ)

Applications Now Accepted 

Applicants must be at least 18-years-old and a Wake Forest resident or business owner.  Due to the interactive nature of the course, the academy is limited to 25 participants. To graduate, participants must attend at least five of seven sessions.

Apply Now

The application deadline is Monday, Aug. 15. Selected applicants will be notified no later than Thursday, Aug. 25.

Citizens Planning Academy is something different 

The next Citizens Planning Academy, which focuses on the Town’s planning processes and practices, is scheduled for the spring of 2023.

Citizens Academy
Strategic Performance Manager