Citizens Academy

What is the Stonecrest Citizens Academy?

The Citizens Academy is a free interactive program created to inform residents about their local government, including the roles and services provided by the City of Stonecrest. Candidates will have the opportunity to take a closer look "behind the seal" and learn firsthand from City employees and get a behind-the-scenes look at how Stonecrest's government operates.


The Citizens Academy focuses on educating residents, business owners and area stakeholders, on how the City’s operations contribute to improving the quality of life throughout Stonecrest. The program will inspire and inform attendees on the best practices to maintain their properties, budget for expenses and enhance the structure’s aesthetics, while increasing the value of their property. 

It is anticipated that the following goals will be achieved through this program:

1.      Knowledge: Improving participants' understanding of local government while learning more about community issues and concerns. 

  • Participants get a hands-on, behind-the-scenes look at how services and programs are provided.
  • Participants better understand what is needed to run a city.

2.      Involvement: Improving the quality and quantity of citizen participation with an emphasis on underrepresented communities in local government. 

  • Participants learn how they can be more involved.
  • Many participants go on to become volunteers, including service on an appointed advisory board or committee.

3.      Engagement: Improving the lines of communication and relationship between residents, business owners, students, and their local government. 

  • Participants have the opportunity to connect with community leaders of all backgrounds.
  • Participants and City Officials create relationships that foster enhanced communication.

Program Schedule

The Stonecrest Citizens Academy consists of six (6) sessions. Sessions will be held on Thursdays from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. The final required session to attend will be held on Monday, November 27, at the City Council meeting. Weekly instructors will vary depending upon the City service or department being covered.

Open enrollment runs from Tuesday, September 5, 2023, through Wednesday, September 27, 2023. The class size is limited to 30 participants.

The first Stonecrest Citizens Academy session begins Thursday, October 5, 2023, at 6 p.m.

View the Summer 2023 Session Schedule. 

All residents and business owners are encourged to apply. 

Qualifications for Admissions

  • Applicants must make a commitment to attend all sessions, including orientation and graduation. (Maximum of 1 excused absence with makeup opportunity available). Orientation and Graduation attendance are required.
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years old.
  • Applicants must be a Stonecrest resident or Stonecrest business owner.
  • Applicants must have an interest in learning about the City of Stonecrest. 

Course Sessions Will Highlight the Following:

  • City Manager's Office
  • City Clerk's Office
  • Code Enforcement
  • Communications and Technology
  • Economic Development
  • City Engineering
  • Building Department
  • Finance and Budget
  • Human Resources
  • Municipal Court
  • Parks and Recreation
  • Planning and Zoning 

Stonecrest Citizens Academy Application

Ehe course roster is filled on a ‘first-come, first-serve basis. The first 30 eligible candidates will be notified via the email provided on the submitted application. Any applicant not selected due to a filled course, is encouraged to re-apply for a future cohort. 


For additional information regarding the Citizens Academy, please email:

Funding Overview

As part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) which was signed into law by President Joseph Biden on March 11, 2021, the City of Stonecrest received $9.7M in Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF). The goal of these funds is to provide vital support to state and local governments as they address the negative health and economic impacts of COVID-19 on their communities. Based on the results of a communitywide survey, the Stonecrest City Council approved the allocation of $25,000 in ARPA funds for the establishment and support of a new Citizens Academy.