The Citizens Academy is now accepting applications from Onondaga County residents for its eight-week fall program that helps citizens learn how local governments work, and how to get involved and effect change.

The Citizens Academy, now in its 10th year, is an interactive educational program that informs citizens of Onondaga County about how local governments are organized, and how services are funded and delivered.

Any resident of Syracuse and Onondaga County age 18 or older is eligible to apply. Participation is free. The class is limited to 35 members. Fill out an application online at The application deadline is Aug. 1.  For more information, call 315-448-8732 or e-mail

Citizens Academy was created and is administered by FOCUS Greater Syracuse and University College of Syracuse University.