Make Birmingham better with the Academy of Civic Engagement—apply by Oct. 5


Randall Woodfin
Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin (Kristina O’Quinn)

Birmingham residents, wish you could have more of a say on issues like trash pickup, public safety or neighborhood revitalization? The City’s Division of Racial Equality and Social Justice has put together just the program for you. It’s called Academy of Civic Engagement (ACE) and if you’re 16+ and live in the city, you’re invited to apply by October 5. Keep reading for all the details.

The Academy of Civic Engagement

  • What: a citywide initiative designed to get residents involved in local government, whether through neighborhood associations, boards or other avenues
  • Who: Birmingham residents age 16+
  • Note: a few spots are reserved for non-residents who operate a business or a nonprofit who would benefit from more understanding of city government and how it affects their business
  • When: October 16, 13 + 20; November 3, 10 + 17, 5:30-7:30PM
  • Cost: free
  • Apply today

The big why behind the Academy of Civic Engagement

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The Academy of Civic Engagement attracts residents from all walks of life. (Jarrell V. Jordan Company)

“We want to give the residents of Birmingham a chance to learn firsthand knowledge of our city from infrastructure, to boards and agencies and budgets. We can do that through our Academy of Civic Engagement program. My vision is for everyone to become a part of the inner-city workings, no matter your social status, ZIP code, race, or social economic status.”

Randall Woodfin, Mayor, City of Birmingham

What you’ll learn at the Academy of Civic Engagement

Birmingham Police Department
Participants meeting with the Birmingham Police Department (Jarrell V. Jordan Company)

These are just a few of the topics participants cover during their weekly sessions:

  • City Hall tour: understanding city hall
  • Infrastructure
  • Public safety strategies + updates
  • Resident engagement + service to our community
  • The business of Birmingham
  • And more

“Participants get direct engagement with City leadership, including the Mayor and City Council as well as department leaders throughout the city. This program allows participants to have open conversations and unfiltered conversations with people who are working on the ground every day.”

Josh Coleman, Deputy Director, Office of Social Justice and Racial Equity, City of Birmingham

Here’s what past participants have to say about the Academy of Civic Engagement

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A recent ACE graduate getting her certificate of completion. (Jarrell V. Jordan Company)

Coleman said graduates have gone on to work for the City, serve on boards and get involved with their local neighborhood associations. Here’s what one recent grad had to say about his experience:

“For someone who wants to help keep my city and community moving in a positive direction, being able to understand our local government was key — and that’s how the program helped me grow. I’ve been able to apply what I’ve learned with a more strategic approach. I have recommended this program to all of my friends.”

 Arthur Fisher, Jr., past participant

Be the change you wish to see in Birmingham. Apply for the Academy of Civic Engagement by Oct. 5.

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