Citizen's Academy

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, classes for 2020 have been postponed.  Classes are currently scheduled to resume in the fall of 2021.

The Prescott Valley Citizen's Academy is a program that provides citizens with an in-depth look at municipal government. The academy typically meets on a Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday evening for 10 weeks during the winter, spring or fall. Each of the Academy's 10 interactive sessions are led by representatives from 12 Town departments and 4 public agencies. The Prescott Valley Citizen's Academy provides a unique opportunity for citizens, city staff, and elected officials to interact.


There is no fee to participate in the Prescott Valley Citizen's Academy, but it does present a substantial time commitment for participants. Participants are strongly encouraged to attend all 10 sessions.

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Participant Expectations

In addition to attending the Prescott Valley Citizen's Academy sessions, participants are encouraged to attend 1 town council or board/commission meeting during the 10 week course. Dinner will be provided during each Citizen's Academy session, so participants need only bring their enthusiasm and questions.

Why You Should Participate

  • You will learn about your Town's government, how it works, and how it impacts your neighborhood.
  • The Prescott Valley Citizen's Academy is a great opportunity to meet other active Prescott Valley residents, town staff and elected officials.
  • You will learn about opportunities that encourage more involvement in municipal government.
  • Participants who attend at least 8 sessions will receive a diploma and be recognized at a Town Council meeting.

How to Apply

In order to maximize participant interaction and to address space restraints, class size is typically limited to 30 participants. For further questions, email Ryan Judy or call him at 928-759-3104.

Past Participant Comments

……This is a well planned program, informative and successful. Please continue to offer it to the community. I am encouraging others to attend.

……I come from a big metropolitan area where political corruption was the norm, it was gratifying to see the camaraderie within the town and its agencies.

……Thank you for putting these classes together. It helps citizens see that you care when you listen and respond. People want to know that someone cares.

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……Very informative all around. I have been very impressed with the quality of City Personnel and their enthusiasm and interest in their positions and employer. Also, have been impressed with the efficiency level of every day operations.

……This class was much more than I anticipated. I feel much more understanding for our town and feel I can participate in different areas more.

……Educational, motivating. I plan to volunteer wherever I can do the most good.