City offers community engagement university

city-hallThe city has an idea that getting residents more connected with government might help build a better community.

To try to make this happen, the city is offering Community Engagement University, a free program allowing participants to learn about various city government functions and interact with staff.

Those who complete a seven-session course get a certificate, and the city hopes they will be better positioned to serve their community and help improve the quality of life of their neighborhood.


Community Engagement University is a free, hands-on, interactive program for Kansas City, Mo., residents 18 years of age and older. The sessions cover basic knowledge of the City’s functions and operations. Course materials will be provided during the first session. The class size is limited to the first 35 residents enrolling. Participants are encouraged to attend all sessions to get the most from the program, although seven sessions are required to graduate from the program with certification. Light refreshments will be provided.

The program begins on Tuesday, March 31 from 6-8:30 p.m. at City Hall, 414 E. 12th St. Sessions will continue on Tuesdays for eight weeks (through May 26) at the same location and time. To participate, residents must register. To register, visit or call 816-513-1330.

Session 1 – Tuesday, March 31 – Local Government 101
Session 2 – Tuesday, April 14 – We Keep This City Safe
Session 3 – Tuesday, April 21 – We Keep This City Clean
Session 4 – Tuesday, April 28 – We Keep This City Healthy and Active
Session 5 – Tuesday, May 5 – We Build and Improve This City #1
Session 6 – Tuesday, May 12- Tuesday, March 31 – We Build and Improve This City #2
Session 7 – Tuesday, May 19 – We Are in Your Neighborhood
Session 8 – Tuesday, May 26 – Dollars and Sense

For more information, contact Jordan Brown, City Manager’s Office, at 816-513-1330 or

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