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New Bern 101


   Check_markConnect with other people
   Check_markGet more involved with your community
   Check_markMeet staff & city leaders
   Check_markLearn about city programs & services

Click here, complete the application
& return it to:

City Hall
300 Pollock Street
Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm
Deadline to apply is September 27th

The City of New Bern is launching New Bern 101, an interactive, seven week program designed to introduce participants to local government. The program is similar to a citizens academy, but you do not have to be a resident of the city to participate.  The fall 2021 session begins in late September and anyone aged 15 years-old and up can apply (minors should be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the program). If you're interested, complete the application below and return it to City Hall located at 300 Pollock Street.

New Bern 101 will provide a comprehensive look at the structure and functions of local government. Participants will meet staff and elected officials and gain insight into how government decisions, programs, and services affect quality of life.  You will also get a behind-the-scenes look at city projects, take tours of city buildings, and hear directly from staff about what it takes to budget for and operate our nine internal departments.  Snacks and refreshments will be served at each session and transportation to project sites and facility tours will be provided. 

New Bern 101 is free and open to the public. Sessions will be held at various locations and will run weekly on Thursdays beginning at 4pm (except for the last session which will occur on a Tuesday in which there is a Board of Aldermen meeting).  Each session will last 2-2.5 hours. 

At the final session of New Bern 101, the class will attend a Board of Aldermen meeting.  Participants will get a chance to meet and speak with the Governing Board ahead of time, and then during the meeting the class will be recognized and will receive their certificates of completion.  Attendance at all sessions is mandatory in order to receive your certificate.

Fall 2021 Sessions

Thursday, September 30: Administration, Finance, Human Resources
Thursday, October 7: Department of Public Utilities
Thursday, October 14: Development Services
Thursday, October 21: New Bern Police, New Bern Fire-Rescue
Thursday, October 28: Public Works
Thursday, November 4: Parks & Recreation
Tuesday, November 9: Governing Board

If you have always wanted to get more involved in your community, connect with other people, and create relationships for better communication with local government, New Bern 101 is for you! Complete the application here and return it to City Hall located at 300 Pollock Street.  We're open Monday-Friday from 8am-5pm except holidays to accept applications.  The deadline for applying for the fall 2021 session of New Bern 101 is September 27th.