City accepting applications to its 2018 Academy for New Americans

November 21, 2017
Leyda Becker - (270) 393-3766
Bowling Green, KY
City accepting applications to its 2018 Academy for New Americans

The City of Bowling Green is accepting applications to its 2018 Academy for New Americans, a free leadership-training program sponsored by the City of Bowling Green that empowers New Americans to understand and participate in City Government.

Applications can be found at:  Deadline for submitting an application is Tuesday, January 2, 2018, with the Academy start date February 22, 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 has graduated a total of 42 participants in the last two years.  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.  City Manager, Kevin D. DeFebbo led the effort to start this initiative believing that “integration provides added value to the community by helping to develop the unique contributions of all residents.”

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.

The Academy for New Americans is led by the International Communities Liaison Office (ICL) in the Department of Neighborhood and Community Services.  For more information contact Leyda Becker at (270) 393-3766 or

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