Making Democracy Work

Citizens Academy

The Citizens Academy is designed to bring Knox County citizens who want to improve and make change in their community together with experienced leaders from within and outside of government. The goal of the Citizens Academy is to set in motion a vanguard of empowered citizens who will help our county confront its challenges and reach its potential. The League offers multi-day or shorter "Mini" Citizen Academies on several topics:

  • Local Government 101: How To Work for Change In Your Community (2012, 2013)
  • Running For Office (2014)
  • Organizing for Local Change (2017) This course was developed with the Women's March Coaltion
  • Mini-Academy on State Legislative Advocacy (2017)
  • Mini Academy on the City and County Budget (2018)
  • Planning and Land Use (2018) This course was developed In partnership with East Tennessee Quality Growth

We welcome partners. In the future, we hope to offer Citizen Academies to students in middle and high school.

If you are interested in attending a Citizen Academy, partnering, or volunteering please contact us. We will contact you when we set a date for another course. Send a message to Jamey Dobbs, chair of the Citizen Academy committee at: