The County Manager’s Office and Board of County Commissioners recognized 33 residents on Monday for their completion of the Johnson County Citizens Academy. This 10-week program provides community-minded individuals the opportunity to participate in behind the scene tours of county departments, hands-on activities and conversations with county staff.
“We were really impressed with how inquisitive and engaged [the participants] were throughout each of the sessions, as well as their consistent willingness to help out and be active in the community,” said Allie Salz, the county management intern who facilitated the program.
Participants attended at least eight of the 10 weekly three-hour sessions, which included overviews and tours of approximately 30 different county departments to graduate. The class visited 10 different county locations, including the County Administration Building, the New Century Adult Detention Center, The Douglas L. Smith Middle Basin Wastewater Treatment Plant and more. In addition to giving 30 hours of their time for the program, the class members also donated food through the Department of Human Services for food pantries at the Johnson County Outreach Centers.
Each graduate received a certificate of completion and the chance to get involved in county boards and departments to continue their community engagement.
For more information about the Citizens Academy Program or to apply, visit https://www.jocogov.org/dept/county-manager-office/citizens-academy/about-citizens-academy.