Next Engage Toledo Ambassador Academy Starts Aug. 25

Wednesday, August 04, 2021

Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz today announced details of the next Engage Toledo Ambassador Academy, which was suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This initiative was launched in 2017 to inspire civic engagement and participation, and it has been a great success,” Mayor Kapszukiewicz said. “We are thrilled we can resume the program, which gives residents an in-depth look at multiple aspects of city operations. It fosters a partnership between residents and city officials, and also encourages residents to learn how city government works.”

The next Engage Toledo Ambassador Academy will include approximately 20 participants, start on Aug. 25, and conclude with a graduation ceremony on Oct. 27.

There will be ten evening classes scheduled, and participants who graduate will be designated “Engage Toledo Ambassadors.” The class locations will vary according to subject matter. Participants must be Toledo residents and at least eighteen years old. Accepted applications are on a first-come, first-served basis. Exceptions may be made in order to ensure broad representation across the city. Applications will be received through 5 p.m., Friday, Aug. 13. Participants will be notified by Wednesday, Aug. 18.

The classes will include an introduction to the academy and Engage Toledo; an evening with Toledo Fire & Rescue Department officials at a fire station; an evening focused on neighborhoods, with an emphasis on recycling initiatives, reporting blight, code enforcement, and housing programs; an evening with Department of Public Utilities officials to learn about customer assistance programs, lead service lines, and water affordability; an evening with Police Chief George Kral and other Toledo Police officers at the department’s training facility, and an evening with Mayor Kapszukiewicz and Toledo City Council members.

Residents who are interested in the program may apply at

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