Welcome to the webpage for the City of Hillsboro’s Citizens’ Academy!
This page was created in advance of the First Annual Citizens' Academy, which completed in June 2016 with a presentation at the Hillsboro City Council meeting on balanced housing in Hillsboro.
This page will be updated with more information about the next chapter of the Citizens' Academy.
Click here to review the online application for the inaugural Citizens' Academy, or learn more about the process by reading these frequently-asked questions (FAQ) prepared ahead of this year's Academy.
Frequently-Asked Questions (FAQ)
Q: What is the Hillsboro Citizens’ Academy?
A: The Academy is a project-based, intensive workshop experience for Hillsboro citizens interested in building community-governance skills. Academy participants will be led through six interactive sessions by a team from Portland State University Hatfield School of Government’s National Policy Consensus Center. Participants will engage in a supported, hands-on process to research, collaborate, and present recommendations to the City Council on a topic of significant community importance. Click here to watch a short video about the intent of the program.
Q: Why did the City Council prioritize the creation of a Citizens’ Academy?
A: The purpose of the Academy is to engage a diverse group of Hillsboro residents and help prepare them to serve in a range of civic leadership capacities within the City. The Academy is designed to promote new connections, establish working relationships between participants, develop greater knowledge of how City of Hillsboro government works, explore the key elements of community leadership, and create an enhanced level of fun and excitement around civic engagement.
A: The Academy will kick off with a 2.5-hour workshop on the evening of Wednesday, April 20, 2016. After the kick-off meeting, Academy sessions will be held on Wednesdays from 5:30 – 7:30 pm in Downtown Hillsboro on the following dates: April 27, May 4, May 11, May 18, and May 25. The Academy will wrap up with a presentation to the Hillsboro City Council on Tuesday, June 7. Dinner and child care will be provided at all Academy sessions.
Q: What if I can’t commit to making all of those dates?
A: Due to the collaborative, hands-on work of the Academy, attendance at all sessions is required. If you have a calendar conflict for these dates, please consider applying for the Academy next year. In the meantime, we would love to talk with you about other ways you might get involved in Hillsboro’s community governance. Click here if you would like to be contacted with more information.
Q: Do I need prior experience to participate?
A: You need only to live in Hillsboro, care about our community, and be willing to share your enthusiasm and ideas.
Q: Can you tell me about the application process?
A: The Academy is structured as an inviting, small-group setting. Space is limited. If you would like to be considered for the Academy, your first step is to fill out an application. Applications will be accepted until the extended deadline of 5 pm on Friday, March 25, 2016. Completed applications will be reviewed by a selection committee that includes members of the City Council, as well as City boards and commissions. Applicants will learn the results no later than Monday, April 4.
Q: Okay, I’m ready to get started. What’s next?
A: Great! We’re looking forward to receiving your application. Click here for the application form and five get-to-know-you questions. To submit your application, you can email it, or print it and bring it to the Hillsboro Civic Center’s 5th floor reception desk, in person by the extended deadline of Friday, March 25 at 5 pm.
Session One Materials: