Politics & Government

Wichita groups to offer City 101 courses

Two Wichita groups are offering courses to let residents know how the city works and to spur civic engagement. (Feb. 20, 2014)
Two Wichita groups are offering courses to let residents know how the city works and to spur civic engagement. (Feb. 20, 2014) File photo

The Wichita Public Library and Wichita Independent Neighborhoods are offering a City 101 series on different aspects of civic engagement through May.

“What we’re seeing is that people really want to be educated about civic matters, how the city works, what the role is for the mayor, City Council and city manager,” said Don Landis, who is on the board of directors for WIN, a support group for neighborhood associations.

“We’ve set out to inform people on how it works. There’s a wealth of opportunity for people to interact with officials and have a part, a voice.”

There’s more to civic engagement than voting, Landis said, and “there’s a committee for practically everything.”

“People are frustrated because they don’t think their voices are heard, but it is heard,” Landis said. “You just have to be part of that process.”

The idea for the series came out of talks with City Manager Robert Layton, Landis said.

Courses will be taught by WIN members.

The courses are:

▪ City departments, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Rockwell Branch Library, 5939 E. Ninth

▪ City departments, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 4, central library, 223 S. Main

▪ Forming nongovernmental organizations, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 18, Evergreen Branch Library, 2601 N. Arkansas

▪ Forming nongovernmental organizations, 6:30 p.m. March 4, central library, 223 S. Main

▪ Organizing, bylaws and how to conduct meetings and build attendance, 6:30 p.m. March 18, Alford Branch Library, 3447 S. Meridian

▪ Organizing, bylaws and how to conduct meetings and build attendance, 6:30 p.m. April 1, central library, 223 S. Main

▪ Leadership skills and styles, 6:30 p.m. April 15, Westlink Branch Library, 8515 Bekemeyer

▪ Leadership skills and styles, 6:30 p.m. May 6, central library, 223 S. Main

▪ How Wichita works, 6:30 p.m. May 20, Rockwell Branch Library, 5939 E. Ninth.

Reach Kelsey Ryan at 316-269-6752 or kryan@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @kelsey_ryan.

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