Applications are being accepted for two civic-engagement academies: one for adults, and one for local high school juniors and seniors. Both programs are free to attend, and are designed to provide insight to county services and operations through learning and discussing the County’s Vision 2026 core themes: Healthy Environment; Thriving & Resilient Population; Safe & Livable Communities; and a Prosperous & Vibrant Economy.

The Citizens Academy is open to adults who live, work or own a business in Alameda County. The program includes six Wednesday evening sessions (September 4, 18; and October 2, 16, 23, 30). Applications are accepted from July 8 - August 10, 2019. To learn more or apply for the academy, go to

The Youth Leadership Academy is open to 11th and 12th grade students who live and attend high school in Alameda County. The program includes five Saturday morning sessions (September 14, 21, 28; and October 12, 19). Applications are accepted from July 15 - August 16, 2019. To learn more or apply for the Academy, go to

Each Academy is designed to educate participants about county programs and services, promote engagement with elected officials and county staff, build leadership/networking skills, and to help solve community problems. Interactive presentations by county leaders provide insight into the inner workings of Alameda County government. Academy members are able to network with others in the community, and county officials have an opportunity to hear from the people they serve.

Space is limited and applications for both academies are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, with consideration given to geographic location to ensure representation throughout Alameda County.