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The City of Bowling Green is now accepting applications for the 2018 Academy for New Americans (AFNA)


Application deadline is Tuesday, January 2, 2018. Applications will be selected on a first-come, first-serve basis pending that all application requirements are met. Consideration to equal representation of our diverse ethnic communities will be given when selecting applicants. There is no cost to participants; however, all applicants must be committed to attend at least four of the five month sessions.


The Academy for New Americans is a leadership-training program that empowers New Americans to understand and participate in City Government. The purpose of the program is to provide New Americans the tools necessary to successfully navigate City services, community information and resources in order to become key stakeholders in assisting their respective ethnic communities and neighborhoods. The Academy for New Americans will be led by the International Communities Liaison Office (ICL) in the Department of Neighborhood and Community Services.

Participants to the Academy for New Americans will Gain an in-depth understanding of City government services, have greater accessibility to existing City and community resources,
build leadership capacity, and become part of the larger community network. 


Mark your calendars for session dates for the 2018 Academy:

Session I – Thursday, February 22, 2018  – City Manager’s Welcome & Leadership Training

Session II – Thursday, March 22, 2018 – City Manager’s Office, NCS Dept. and Parks and Rec. Dept.

Session III – Thursday, April 26,  2018 – Police and Fire Dept. / Warren Co. Circuit Clerk / Warren Co. Clerk / County and Commonwealth Attorney

Session IV – Thursday, May 17, 2018 – Transportation, Public Works, HR, Finance, Effective Communication

Session V – Thursday, June 14, 2018  – Civic Engagement/Volunteerism/Citizenship & Naturalization / Community Service Project

Class Graduation – Friday, June 15 – ALL INVITED TO ATTEND!


The success of the City’s Academy for New American has created a ripple effect statewide.  The Kentucky League of Cities (KLC) selected the City of Bowling Green as one of this year’s Enterprise Cities Award recipient for its Academy for New Americans.  The Enterprise Cities Award recognizes outstanding projects and programs in Kentucky cities.  The awards celebrate cities and allow KLC member cities of all sizes to be inspired by, learn from and replicate successes happening in other Kentucky communities.   The Enterprise Cities Award program is sponsored by Collins & Company, Inc. The sponsor provides $1,000 for each winning program to help continue its success.

To apply for the 2018 class visit http://www.bgky.org/new-americans or contact Leyda Becker at 270-393-3766  

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