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MyCity Academy

MyCity Academy empowers New Americans to understand and participate in Nashville's government. More than thirty countries have been represented so far among MyCity participants since its launch in 2012. This program is the first of its kind in the nation.

MyCity Academy student

Over the course of seven months, MyCity participants meet with leaders from Metro departments and tour Metro facilities. In doing so, they gain a better understanding of how their government works and learn how to resolve issues and obtain information.

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Upon graduation, MyCity participants are able to help their communities understand and access government services. MyCity graduates also have the opportunity to interact with New Americans from other communities through their participation in the MyCity alumni network.

The 2015 class of MyCity Academy graduated on Friday, August 21, in a ceremony at the Parthenon in Centennial Park. The graduating class included 33 community leaders from 20 countries.

In all, 110 participants from 33 countries have graduated from MyCity Academy. If you are interested for more information, or to request an application for the Class of 2016, please email or apply online.

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Hear from MyCity Alumni

Mohammed-Shukri  Hassan
Mohammed-Shukri Hassan
Class of 2012

"MyCity Academy kind of opened the city up to me so that I could participate in the life of the city and also bring along my community."

Delphine Fox
Delfine Fox
Class of 2012

"My classmates and I worked hard to absorb all we could from our Metro Department leaders about how Nashville's infrastructure, resources, and facilities function. We gained insight on how to utilize and share this knowledge with our family, friends, and neighbors."

Angela Harris
Angela Harris
Class of 2012

"MyCity Academy provides a unique opportunity for immigrant and refugee leaders to get to know each other and the communities they represent. Some of my closest colleagues, partners and friends are individuals I met through MyCity Academy."