|NEW BERN 101
Connect with other people
Get more involved with your
Meet staff & city leaders
Learn about city programs &
for Current Participants
The City of New Bern launched New Bern 101, an interactive program designed to introduce participants to local government, in the fall of 2021. The program is similar to a citizens academy, but you do not have to be a resident of the city to participate. 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 (at right) and return it in-person to City Hall located at 300 Pollock Street.
New Bern 101 provides participants with a comprehensive look at the structure and functions of local government. Participants will meet staff and elected officials during the eight week program, 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 approximately 3 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. If you miss a session(s), you must make it/them up in the immediately following season (for example, if you miss a session in the spring program, you must make it up in the immediately following fall program). If you cannot make up the session(s) missed in the immediately following season, participants must repeat the entire 8-week New Bern 101 program. Participants who would like to take the program again must wait three years after their graduation before re-enrolling.
|Spring 2024 Sessions (4pm-7pm)
|Thursday, March 7: Administration & Human Resources
Thursday, March 14: Development Services
Thursday, March 21: New Bern Police Department
Thursday, April 4: New Bern Fire-Rescue
Thursday, April 11: Public Works
Thursday, April 18: Department of Public Utilities
Thursday, April 25: Parks & Recreation
Tuesday, May 14: Finance/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 and return it to City Hall located at 300 Pollock Street. We're open Monday-Friday from 8am-5pm except holidays to accept applications.
Want to know more about New Bern 101? Check out our YouTube video from the students' perspective!