Democracy School

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Democracy School applications are now open until April 21st

Democracy School will introduce residents to the structures, services, and leaders in the City of New Haven through a series of public information forums. City officials will introduce their work and lead discussion sessions aimed at fostering open lines of communication, enabling participants to take full advantage of city resources and empower them to become stronger community leaders.

Democracy School is open to any New Haven resident, at least 18 years old. 30 students will be accepted based on an assessment of submitted applications.

Democracy School Description & Schedule

Democracy School Goals

⁕ Provide participants with an interactive learning experience that generates dialogue about city services, programs, and responsibilities, including day-to-day operations, challenges to city government, and budget processes.

⁕ Promote partnerships between community and government by providing a forum where local government officials and community members can interact and exchange ideas.

Course Details

Democracy School will meet in person on Thursday evenings from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.
IN PERSON for 9 weeks consisting of 8 sessions and a final graduation ceremony.  Location TBD

April 27 Governing the City, PT. 1
May 4  Governing the City, PT. 2, Economic Development
May 11  Budget, Finance, & Taxes
May 18  Quality Neighborhoods
May 25  Public Safety
June 1  Health
June 8  Youth, & Education 
June 15  Law & Politics 
June 22  Graduation Ceremony, details TBD



Participants should avoid missing class. Students should expect to be given simple class assignments throughout the course of Democracy School. These tasks are intended to enhance the class experience through experiential learning, reinforce understanding of course content, and to foster deeper discussions. These assignments might include attending a Board of Alders meeting, attending a committee meeting, meeting a City Hall employee, or attending a community event. After each class, each participant will be asked to fill out a brief evaluation form. Finally, all participants must follow the Democracy School’s Rule of Conduct.

Click here for the Democracy School Application.

For questions please contact If you have any questions, feel free to contact: Sandra Okonofua. I can be reached at (203) 464-0021 or via email.