• Bellevue’s civic engagement course coming soon

    Published on May 26 2021

    Bellevue Essentials info sessions June 2 and 3 for program starting in September

    If you have a passion for learning more about your local city and how its government operates and want to connect with others interested in civic engagement, you should apply to join the 2021 Bellevue Essentials class. Virtual information meetings will be Wednesday, June 2, 6-7 p.m., and Thursday, June 3, noon-1 p.m. via Zoom. Applications for the ninth year of Bellevue Essentials are due July 23.  

    In this 10-week course, participants will engage with city councilmembers, city staff and leadership to learn about the past, present and future of Bellevue through presentations, interactive experiences and tours. The course begins Sept. 22 and continues every Wednesday evening for nine weeks, plus one Saturday session on Oct. 9. The program will be a combination of in-person and online learning in accordance with applicable COVID health and safety guidelines. 

    The information sessions will feature a Bellevue Essentials overview delivered by the program manager and several graduates. Participants will also get a chance to ask questions. Attendance at an information session is not required to apply for the program, but the sessions offer a clear picture of what Bellevue Essentials is all about.

    Applications are due July 23 at 5 p.m. Virtual application workshops to help participants complete the application will be held via Zoom on June 9 at noon or June 10 at 6 p.m. 

    A brochure, meeting information and the easy application for the 2021 class can be found Bellevue Essentials. If you have questions or wish to receive the Zoom link for an information or application meeting, RSVP to jellenhorn@bellevuewa.gov or call 425-452-5372.

    Each year a diverse group of 35 people are selected to participate. Applicants from all demographics and neighborhoods are encouraged to apply. Tuition is $125 and fee waivers are available if needed.