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Sarasota County Civics 101 program accepting fall applications
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Sarasota County Civics 101 program accepting fall applications

Sarasota County, Florida -- Sarasota County Neighborhood Services is now accepting applications for the fall session of its popular Civics 101 program.  

Civics 101 offers residents a behind-the-scenes look at the everyday operations of their local government. Participants will have an opportunity to see county government operations firsthand, including the Sarasota County Commission, Public Works, Parks and Recreation, Libraries, Emergency Management, Communications and more.  

"Civics 101 is one of our most popular programs and frequently has a waiting list," said Community Outreach Specialist Kaitlyn Johnston. "Without fail, people who graduate from the program say two things: they had no idea the county offered so many different services and they've never had so much fun."  

Staff members from county departments provide presentations, conduct tours of county facilities and answer questions from the participants. New activities this fall include a guided tour of the Sarasota County jail and a mock hurricane drill where students will have to make key decisions under pressure while sitting in the Sarasota County Emergency Operations Center.  

Civics 101 has been offered by Sarasota County government since 2000 and holds sessions twice each year. The most recent graduating class got so involved that they adopted Ibis Road as part of the Keep Sarasota County Beautiful program. Some graduates have continued their education by volunteering, including serving on advisory boards.  

The fall session of Civics 101 begins on Sept. 3, with classes taking place in various locations around the county every Tuesday evening from 6-9 p.m. Participation is free and new residents, retirees, business professionals and teens are encouraged to apply for the 10-week program. Twenty-five applicants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The deadline to submit applications is Aug. 16.  

Applications are available on the county's website at scgov.net/neighborhoodservices.  

For more information, contact the County's Call Center at 941-861-5000 or e-mail kjohnsto@scgov.net.

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