Academy for New Americans begins tomorrow

February 21, 2018
Leyda Becker - (270) 393-3766
Bowling Green, KY
Academy for New Americans begins tomorrow

The City of Bowling Green’s 3rd Annual Academy for New Americans begins on Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 9:00am at the Neighborhood and Community Services Department located at 707 East Main Avenue.

City Manager Kevin DeFebbo will welcome Academy participants, sharing the vision and purpose for this project.  Thirty (30) applicants were selected to participate, representing fifteen (15) different countries and speaking twenty one (21) different languages. 

The Academy for New Americans is a free leadership-training program sponsored by the City of Bowling Green 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 first ever in the State of Kentucky, the Academy for New Americans follows national efforts to support the linguistic, economic, and civic integration of our city’s newest Americans.  The Academy for New Americans has graduated a total of 42 participants in the last two years.  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 Americans has created a ripple effect statewide.  The Kentucky League of Cities (KLC) selected the City of Bowling Green as a 2017 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 Division (ICL) in the Department of Neighborhood and Community Services.  The Academy consists of day long sessions held once a month, on the fourth Thursday of every month, ending with a graduation after the last session of the Academy in June.

For more information on the Academy for New Americans visit: or contact Leyda Becker (270) 393-3766 at

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