Government Citizens Academy

Chesterfield County values civic engagement and opportunities for residents to learn about their local government. Through interactive sessions and tours of facilities, residents will get a comprehensive look at how and why programs and services are provided.

Enhanced Communications

A tool to enhance and grow the county’s communications efforts and increase engagement, the Government Citizens Academy is a hands-on learning opportunity where citizens may provide feedback about how the county is doing.

Spring and Fall Sessions

Selic, and also offers opportunities to meet local government leaders. Sessions are scheduled across the county in county and school facilities, among other sites. These sessions are a mix of round table discussions and classroom settings with networking breaks built in, and opportunities for optional tours of additional county facilities and points of interest.

The Government Citizens Academy is held twice a year, in the spring and fall, with approximately 25-30 participants in each academy. The spring academy will hold sessions in the early evening and the fall academy’s sessions will be during the work day. Each academy will last about nine weeks. Applications are closed for fall session.

  • Fall Session (FULL):  Held weekly on Tuesday mornings from Sept. 17 - Nov. 13, 8:30-11 a.m. Apply for the waiting list for spring 2020 session.

For a Diverse Audience

The Government Citizens Academy is intended for a diverse audience. The Chesterfield Government Citizens Academy is for you no matter whether you are:

  • A curious high school student
  • A new business owner
  • A prospective homeowner looking to move into the community
  • A resident looking for volunteer opportunities
  • A resident of the community for 30 years

Senior Ambassador Program

This fall, a new opportunity for older adults and care partners will be offered directly after the Government Citizens Academy. It is the Senior Ambassador Program and it will offer topics specifically chosen for this audience.

These sessions will run from Sept. 17 - Nov. 13, 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. with some sessions extended for field trips and other opportunities. Residents may sign up for the Senior Ambassador Program in conjunction with the Government Citizens Academy or may take it alone.

Application Process and Selection

Entry into the Government Citizens Academy or the Senior Ambassador Program will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Class size is limited, so those unable to attend a particular session may be placed on a waiting list.

For more information, email the Government Citizens Academy or call 804-796-7100. Those interested in participating in the academy must fill out a short application form. Those accepted for a particular session will be notified by email.