The City of Prescott hosts a Citizen’s Academy that serves residents by exposing them to city departments and operations. The program is intended to provide participants with insights into how local government works, promote open lines of communication, and offer a clearer understanding of how city services affect the everyday lives of its citizenry. Participants will interact with city elected officials, city leadership, and other citizens in this interactive and informative course. By the end of the course participants should have an increased understanding of the organizational structure and operation of the various city departments that impact their quality of life in the City of Prescott.
The Citizen’s Academy is offered at no charge and is open to anyone living in Prescott who is 18 years old or older. The class is designed for up to 25 participants and registration is on a first come, first serve basis. The Academy is not a platform to bring complaints or to debate issues but rather a place to become informed, ask questions, and learn.
Interested citizens may submit their application year-round and will be automatically registered for the next available academy. If vacancies open in the upcoming academy, they will be filled by applications according to the date they were submitted.
In early 2018, Prescott City Council began the “Change for the Better” initiative to alleviate homelessness and panhandling in the city. As part of this program, 7 collection meters were installed around the downtown to accept loose change and cash, which is aimed to encourage people to donate to a worthy cause rather than give money on the street.
There has been a positive response from the community and this support has provided aid to local non-profits and individuals.
Funds are raised through the donation meters as well as through online donations. The money raised is funding a grant process for local service providers to further supply transportation and housing needs to help prevent or alleviate homelessness.
Grants between $250 and $2,000 have been distributed to local non-profits for these purposes, including Center for Compassion and Justice (CCJ), US Vets, Agape House of Prescott, Salvation Army, and others.
The City invites all eligible non-profit organizations who strive to alleviate homelessness and panhandling to apply for grant funding. Funding is available on an ongoing basis as funds are collected. Grants are provided to organizations only. For individuals seeking assistance, go to the resource guide on this page to see a list of assistance organizations.
Would you like to be a part of a City of Prescott Sister City Program? Apply and/or Learn More Below:
A sister city organization is a volunteer group of ordinary citizens who, with the support of their local elected officials, form long-term relationships with people and organizations in a city abroad.
Each sister city organization is independent and pursues the activities and thematic areas that are important to them and their community including municipal, business, trade, educational and cultural exchanges with their sister city.
Sister city organizations promote peace through people-to-people relationships—with program offerings varying greatly from basic cultural exchange programs to shared research and development projects between cities with relationships.
Arizona Sister Cities
Arizona Sister Cities is an important resource in the negotiations of governments in letting the people themselves give expression of their common desire for friendship, goodwill and cooperation … for a better world for all.
Sister Cities International
Founded by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956, Sister Cities International is a 501(c)(3) nonpartisan nonprofit serving as the national membership organization for 545 U.S. sister cities, counties, and states with 2,121 partnerships in 145 countries on six continents. This network unites tens of thousands of citizen diplomats and volunteers.