Neighbor Academy

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Anna's Neighbor Academy is a program designed for neighbors to learn more about the City and develop their leadership skills over ten weeks. Each cohort will include neighbors who are either new to civic engagement or have been actively volunteering in their neighborhood or with the City. This ten-session academy takes neighbors “behind the scenes” of City operations, programs, and initiatives. At the end of the program, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion, receive Anna Neighbor Academy Alumni status, and be officially recognized before the Anna City Council. To take learning into action, participants will complete a community service project at the end of the program.

Applications for the class of 2022 open July 15.

The Who

The Neighbor Academy is generally open to any Anna neighbor who wants to learn and be more engaged with their community.


  • Must be an Anna resident
  • Must not be running for political office during the course of the academy 
  • Must be 18 or older - youth aged 16-17 may attend if accompanied by an adult enrolled in the current academy 

Class size is limited based on space availability and to encourage participants to interact with each other and with instructors.

The What

The Neighbor Academy is a free engagement and leadership opportunity for Anna neighbors to become more active in and knowledgeable of their community and local government. The program has ten content sessions including a graduation and recognition by City Council. 

The When & Where

The 2022 academy will run Thursday evenings between September 1 and November 8.  We will meet at different locations depending on the session and topic, but most meetings will be at the current City Hall. 

  • Every Thursday from 6:30 – 8:30 pm 
  • Graduation will occur on November 8, 2022
  • Neighbors who complete the program will be recognized by Council at the Tuesday, November 8 City Council Meeting

The Why

The purpose of the program is to inform, inspire, and empower neighbors to civically engage with the City of Anna, Council, and the greater Anna community.

  • Provide hands-on experiences with special civic engagement activities
  • Inspire regular leadership habits

The How

Sign up online through the Neighbor Academy application. Applications open Friday, July 15.