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"I feel like I have a much better grasp of each department of the town, its culture, management style, triumphs, and challenges than I did prior to the program."

~Citizen Academy Graduate 2019 Class

About the Academy:

Citizens Academy is back for year two starting in the Fall of 2021!

Join  your neighbors as part of the Town's  Citizens Academy, a 10-week, up close view of local government.  Participants will take a deep dive into all aspects of their Town government through a variety of classes and interactive activities.  Participants will explore the following departments: Town Government overview, Finance & Budgeting, Fire, School, DPW, Recreation, Library, Planning, Economic Development, Inspectional Services, Police, Senior Center, Veterans, Public Health, IT, Electric, and Engineering.

Academy Schedule:

Weekly sessions on Thursday evenings at various locations around the Town of Danvers from 6:00 - 8:30 PM.   Graduation will be on Tuesday, November 16.  Dates are shown below:

  • September 9, 16, 23, 30
  • October 7, 14, 21, 28
  • November 4, 10 (the class on November 10 is on a Wednesday due to Veterans Day on Thursday) and graduation on November 16

A light dinner and refreshments will be served at the start of each night.


  • Must be a current resident of Danvers
  • Must be 16 years of age by July 1, 2021
  • Preference given to registered voters
  • Must be willing to sign a liability waiver (we plan to have fun!)
  • Consideration will be given to applicants who work but don’t live in Danvers


While you participate in the Town of Danvers Citizens Academy, you will have the option for your children ages 4-12 to participate in the Little Citizens Activity Program located at the Great Oak School. Danvers Recreation staff will lead a fun evening of age appropriate activities for your children. Activities may include: small group games, arts and crafts, board games, age appropriate G rated videos and much more. Water will be provided, but please make sure your child eats before the program as food will not be served. Registration is required and limited to those whose parents are participating in the Citizens Academy.  Drop-ins are not allowed.  Registration information is available in the Citizens Academy application.


To be considered for the Fall 2021 class, please complete and return the application below by 4:00 PM on Monday, August 16th.  Notice of acceptance into the academy will be communicated to applicants by Friday, August 20th.

Fall 2021 Citizens Academy Application


For additional information or if you have questions about the Academy please contact Jen Breaker, Assistant Town Manager at [email protected]

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