Citizens’ Academy

Spring 2017 Citizens’ Academy Key Dates:
Applications open: January 10
Application deadline: March 17th, 5pm
Invitations extended to join Spring 2017: March 24
Deadline to accept spot/scholarship: March 29
Citizens’ Academy: every Wednesday night, 6-9pm from April 5-May 17


The Citizens’ Academy was founded in 2007 to educate and motivate community stakeholders by encouraging their involvement to advance transit, active transportation, and increased freedom of mobility in our communities.

In a decade of Academy, over 800 leaders have graduated from our Citizens’ Academy, including our 7-week Academy and Community Workshops.

The reach of our Academy has been enormous, with graduates serving in elected and appointed office and holding positions on community boards. A total of sixteen of our Academy graduates are currently in elected office, ranging from RTD Board of Directors to School Boards, City Councils, County Commissions and the State Legislature.

What makes this leadership program nationally unique is that we require all participants to take what they’ve learned and create a six month action plan to advance mobility in their community.

The Academy creates a roadmap for a community’s future by examining transportation, infrastructure, economic development, and preservation of the neighborhoods with the introduction of new investments in transit, biking and walking.  The global outcome of the Academy is to create community leaders and advocates that understand the relationship between the infrastructure investments we make today and our communities’ development, prosperity and health of tomorrow.