What is Kinston 101?
Kinston 101 is a 10 week program that shares information with citizens about city operations while increasing their capacity to participate in local government.
Each week, participants learn about a new city department from its Director. Participants visit city parks, create a mock city budget, tour the wastewater treatment plant, and more! Kinston 101 is for any resident interested in how the city works and how public decisions are made!
Kinston 101 aims to:
- Inform citizens about city operations and opportunities for engagement
- Invest in a body of citizens interested in future public service
- Identify further opportunities for transparency and effective communication by city departments
- Build relationships between citizens and public servants
Learn from citizens in Kinston 101
Citizen Input Survey
Even though applications for this year are closed, we could always use your help! To make Kinston 101 as interesting and accessible as possible, we need feedback. What do you want to know about city government? How would you want Kinston 101 to work? Share your thoughts here to help shape the program!
Kinston 101 is held either Thursday evenings from 530-8pm or Saturday morning from 9am-12pm, depending on the activity planned. To participate, you must:
Attend the first session
Attend 8 of 10 sessions
Attend a city council meeting during the course of the program
*Preference will be given to residents of Kinston or the ETJ (extra-territorial jurisdiction), but anyone may apply!
|1||Intro to City Government||Th. Sept 9th||530-8pm||City Hall|
|2||Fire & Rescue||Th, Sept 16th||530-8pm||Fire Station 1|
|3||City Operations: Finance, HR, and MIS||Th. Sept 23rd||530-8pm||City Hall|
|4||Public Services I||Th. Sept 30th||530-8pm||City Hall|
|5||Public Services II||Sat. Oct 9th||9am-12pm||Tour of Wastewater Treatment Plant|
|6||Downtown Kinston Revitalization||Th. Oct. 14th||530-8pm||TBD|
|7||Parks and Recreation||Sat. Oct 23rd||9am-12pm||Kinston Community Center|
|8||Planning, Inspections, and Code Enforcement||Th. Oct 28th||530-8pm||City Hall|
|9||Police||Th. Nov 4th||530-8pm||Police Department|
|10||The Budget||Th Nov 18th or Sat Nov 20th TBC||5-8pm||TBD|