Kinston 101

Kinston 101 Spring 2022 Applications have closed.

Our Spring 2022 cohort has been selected! If you'd like to join us next time, call 252-939-3271, email, or visit City Hall for a paper application.

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

Kinston 101 Facilitator

Sylveonna Holmes-Washington 


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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:

  1. Attend the first session 

  2. Attend 7 of 10 sessions 

  3. 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!

Kinston 101 General Schedule - Fall

Session  Topic Date Time Location
1 Intro to City Government Th. Feb 10th 530-8pm City Hall
2 City Operations: Finance, HR, and MIS Th, Feb 17th 530-8pm City Hall
3 Police Th. Feb 24th  530-8pm Police Department
4 Public Services I Th. March 3rd 530-8pm City Hall
  Two Weeks Off!      
5 Planning, Inspections, and Code Enforcement Th. March 31st 530-8pm City Hall
6 Public Services II - The Tour Sat. April 2nd  9am-12pm Tour of Wastewater Treatment Plant
7 Parks and Recreation Sat. April 9th 9am-12pm Kinston Community Center
8 Downtown Kinston Revitalization Th. April 14th 530-8pm City Hall
  Week Off!      
9 Fire & Rescue Th. April 28th 530-8pm Fire Station 1
10 The Budget Th. May 5th 5-8pm City Hall