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MyCity Academy

MyCity Academy empowers New Americans to understand and participate in Nashville's government. Over 50 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 participants

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 2019 class of MyCity Academy graduated on Thursday, November 21, 2019 in a ceremony at the Frist Art Museum. The graduating class included community leaders from many countries that have chosen to make Nashville home.

In all, over 200 participants have graduated from MyCity Academy. If you are interested in more information please email

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The 2020 MyCity Academy Application period is now closed.

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Hear from MyCity Alumni

Mohammed-Shukri  Hassan

"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." – Mohammed-Shukri Hassan

Delphine Fox

"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." – Delfine Fox

Angela Harris

"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." – Angela Harris