Citizens Academy

  • About the Program

The City of Eden Citizens Academy is open to all community members 18 years old or older, city residents, live in the city's extraterritorial jurisdiction or work/own a business or property in the City of Eden. Class size is limited to 20 participants on a first-come basis. When class capacity has been met, the excess applications are carried over to the next academy. Applications request standard information, such as a name, address, phone number, email address, and employer name and address, but they also ask for the applicant's birthplace, length of time living in Eden and Rockingham County, interests and accomplishments, and expectations from the program.

Interested in applying for the FREE Citizens Academy? Fill out the application here: Citizens Academy Application  

Citizens Academy Participants

While Attending the Citizens Academy, Participants Will

  • Learn about city government operations and services
  • Participate in dialogues with city leaders, city staff and other civic-minded residents
  • See taxpayers' investments at work
  • Expand their knowledge and become more informed on current and proposed projects within the city
  • Gain appreciation for the city's resources and capacity to meet the needs of the community
  • Learn about opportunities to become more involved and help build a sustainable community
  • Receive first-hand information and have the chance to ask questions on any topic at the end of each session.
There is no cost to individuals who attend the sessions, but the city strongly encourages participants to commit the time to attend each program. The sessions begin August and are held each Thursday evening from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for 9 weeks at various city locations. Site visits will include trips to the public works, police and fire departments, parks and recreational areas. Since many participants will arrive directly from work without eating, a light meal will also be provided each week. The 10th session will be held at the Eden City Council's October Meeting at 6:00 p.m.  This will allow each participant to see how city government operates and each participant will be recognized by the Mayor and City Council. A graduation reception will be held after the meeting.

The program is truly a look behind the scenes of local government, pointing out its role and limitations, as well as a glimpse into the long-term planning that makes Eden what it is today. 

You can learn more about how your city government functions by participating in City of Eden Citizens Academy.

If you wish to learn more about the City of Eden's Citizens Academy, please contact Deanna Hunt, Deputy City Clerk, at 336-623-2110, option 8, or email.