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Posted on: October 25, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Communications hosts Citizens Academy alumni luncheon

A woman standing near the front of some rectangle tables holds a microphone and points.

PHOTO #1: Communications & Public Affairs Director Ashley Strevel calls on a resident during the Citizens Academy alumni luncheon Oct. 21 at the O’Connor-Proctor building.

PHOTO #2: Former Citizens Academy participants eat lunch and listen to a presentation about City projects and initiatives during the Citizens Academy alumni luncheon Oct. 21 at the O’Connor-Proctor building.

PHOTO #3: City Manager Jesús A. Garza talks about the City’s street maintenance plan during the Citizens Academy alumni luncheon Oct. 21 at the O’Connor-Proctor building.

People sitting at rectangle tables look toward the front of the room.About 30 former Citizens Academy participants were able to connect with each other, learn more about the City of Victoria and sign up for upcoming volunteer opportunities at the first Citizens Academy alumni luncheon Oct. 21 at the O’Connor-Proctor building downtown.

Citizens Academy is an educational program that gives residents a chance to learn about and engage with their local government through guest speakers, question-and-answer sessions and hands-on activities. The program is hosted by Communications & Public Affairs.

Communications & Public Affairs recently created the Citizens Academy Alumni Association to help participants stay involved with educational, volunteer and networking opportunities.

Ashley Strevel“One of the primary goals of Citizens Academy is to encourage informed and engaged citizenship,” said Communications Director Ashley Strevel. “The alumni group will give our participants an avenue to continue applying the lessons they learned at Citizens Academy and get involved in their community long after the program ends.”

At the luncheon, City Manager Jesús A. Garza gave a presentation about City projects and initiatives and answered residents’ questions.

A man holding a microphone stands next to a screen with a map labeled Street Maintenance.At the end of the session, residents who correctly answered trivia questions about the City were awarded swag items from Communications & Public Affairs.

The City is accepting applications for the 2023 Citizens Academy. To learn more about the program and to apply, visit www.victoriatx.gov/citizensacademy. The deadline to apply is Nov. 16.

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