The DRCOG Citizens’ Academy is a program that helps build the civic capacity of the Denver region's residents. Through the seven-week course, the academy exposes participants to important regional issues like transportation, economic vitality, housing, civic engagement and more.
Participants learn from local experts and leaders, meet other interested residents and ultimately use what they learn to take action. The academy began in 2007 as a program of Transit Alliance, a nonprofit corporation which empowered citizens to transform mobility in Colorado. Citizens’ Academy’s more than 800 engaged and informed graduates have been instrumental in shaping Colorado’s future.
Over the past decade, the Citizens' Academy has inspired and prepared participants to pursue public and community service opportunities in the Denver region. Numerous academy alumni have gone on to serve as elected officials, and hundreds of participants have gone on to positions in public agencies or nonprofit agencies that shape Colorado's future. At the request of Transit Alliance leadership, DRCOG assumed responsibility for the Citizens' Academy in 2018.