Chapel Hill is giving residents the opportunity to learn more about their town and its services this fall with the Peoples Academy.
The Peoples Academy is a five-week program in which citizens attend sessions and go on group excursions focused on the city’s departments. Sessions include meeting law enforcement, learning about the Parks and Recreation Department and a comprehensive tour of the town to conclude the program.
“We were tasked with developing an academy that would illuminate the town’s services for residents and connect them with engagement opportunities,” said Beth Vazquez, project manager for the Peoples Academy.
Vazquez and her colleagues worked with faculty from the UNC School of Government as well as the town council to design the program.
“We tried to combine the council’s interests with the academic research on citizens' academies and the unique needs of our community to design what we hope to be a program that’s really responsive to the town and hopefully exciting and engaging for the people who live here,” Vazquez said.