Applications Open for Inaugural Chapel Hill Peoples Academy

Post Date:06/01/2018 9:00 AM

Chapel Hill community members -- including UNC-Chapel Hill students, faculty and staff -- are encouraged to apply for the Town of Chapel Hill Peoples Academy.

Applications are open through Aug. 31.

The Peoples Academy is a five-week, 10-class opportunity for people who live, work, study or play in Chapel Hill to learn, connect and lead. Participants will learn about Town services and jobs, connect with Town leadership and neighbors, tour Town facilities, and build leadership and communication skills. The Peoples Academy begins Oct. 4 and is held every Thursday and Saturday through Nov. 3.

Graduates will gain new knowledge and friends, and connect with opportunities for engagement in Town government. Childcare and transportation to and from sessions may be provided upon request.

The Peoples Academy is a 2016-2018 Council initiative with the goal ( of improving civic understanding of Town services and increasing diversity in feedback provided to the Town. The objectives of the Peoples Academy are to:

  1. Illuminate the Town and its functions, engagement opportunities, communication channels to Town leadership and elected officials, and key issues facing the community;
  2. Encourage community leadership through key skill building opportunities; and
  3. Provide an opportunity for the Town to hear participants' perspectives on Town services and infrastructure.

The first annual Peoples Academy is open to 30 community members and 30 Town employees.

Apply now by visiting or contact Paper applications as well as information and applications in Spanish, Karen and Burmese are available by emailing

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