Registration is Now Open for OurCity Academy

Registration is now open for the third installment of OurCity Academy, which begins April 30. The free program is designed to help current and new residents better understand and participate in local government.

The four-session series – a partnership between the City, Grand Rapids Public Schools (GRPS) and LINC Up – will take place 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays on April 30, May 14, May 21 and June 4. All classes will be held on the second floor of LINC Up, 1167 Madison Ave. SE. Dinner will be served. At the final three sessions, LINC Up will provide transportation to the 7 p.m. City Commission meetings at City Hall. 

Registration for the free program is available HERE. Those who complete the program receive a certificate of participation. Session topics include:

  • City government, values and goals
  • State of our city’s children and available resources
  • Neighborhood services and resources
  • Public safety

“We’re pleased to celebrate our third year of OurCity Academy,” said Lynn Heemstra, executive director of Our Community’s Children and OurCity Academy coordinator. “This program empowers current and new residents to understand and participate in the democratic process and learn about services available to all members of the community.” 

Our Community’s Children is a partnership between the City and GRPS that prepares youth for college, work and life.

“It is important that residents understand the City’s structures and policies,” said LaKiya Jenkins, director of operations at LINC Up. “Participating in Our City’s Academy will better equip them to be actively engaged at the local level.”

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