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Home > City Departments > Citizens Services > Citizen Participation and Information > Mayor’s Citizens’ Participation Academy

Mayor’s Citizens’ Participation Academy

Citizens Participation Academy

Educating and Empowering Citizens to Strengthen the City of Buffalo

What is Citizen’s Participation Academy?

Created in Fall 2006, The Citizen’s Participation Academy (CPA) was designed to give City of Buffalo residents a better understanding of local government by providing an interactive forum about the structure and management of the City of Buffalo. It engages City of Buffalo residents in their local government by providing an interactive forum, learning firsthand about the structure and management of the City of Buffalo. This allows local residents to understand the various functions of Buffalo government; encourage continuous involvement; enhance residents’ ability to navigate through the complex system of government services, and provide an avenue for open communication with City officials.


A welcome reception is held at the beginning of the program as well as a graduation ceremony at the end of the program with the mayor. This Citizen’s Participation Academy consists of ten sessions, eight Tuesday evening 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. and two Saturday morning sessions 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (please note sessions may last approximately 2.5 hours) in which each session:

Unites Commissioners and Department Directors with participants in an informal setting, to learn about the structure, challenges, and vision for their respective departments. By affording citizens an avenue to observe government, the City of Buffalo hopes to instill a sense of connectivity between city government and the public.  Through the process of learning, it will lead and inspire citizens to become more involved in their neighborhoods and take the knowledge gained from the course back to their respective communities.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can participate?

Anyone who lives or works in Buffalo and has an interest in local government is invited to sign up for the academy. Classes are designed for 30 students to encourage discussion, involvement, and interaction. The classes are popular and usually fill up fast so make sure to sign up now!

What topics are covered?

Below is a sample curriculum, please keep in mind that topics are not limited  to the following but could include:

  1. Tour of Buffalo City Hall
  2. City Administration and Management
  3. Sustainable and Economic Development
  4. Fire House Visitation
  5. Responding to a 311 call
  6. And MORE

How do I apply?

Registration is now closed. The application deadline was on April 10.  The program begins May 2017.

Have an unanswered question?

For additional information, or a question, please email Ms. Juweria Dahir at or call 716-851-5534.