High School Students Will Shadow City Officials June 19 to July 12
The future lies in the hands of the youth and the City of Santa Clarita is prepping its youngsters and molding them into future leaders by offering its Youth in Government program. For 17 years, the City has offered this program to its youth allowing them to experience the government’s system on a local level. “The City is excited to have youth participate in a program that offers hands-on experience with local government operations,” said Veronica Navarro, Community Services Coordinator. “This year’s program will provide youth with a wealth of experience about our local government, while encouraging teamwork, leadership skill development and critical thinking.” Participants will be given the opportunity to meet council members and commissioners, visit the Los Angeles City Hall and explore other local government sites. The program allows students observe City Council meetings and participate in a televised mock City Council meeting. In addition, participants will learn how to develop a City Council agenda report.
“We want to groom the City’s youth for possible opportunities with Santa Clarita and other government type positions,” said Navarro. On June 6, an orientation was held for students interested in the program. Navarro said was a success with a variety of students in attendance. At the orientation, students were provided with tools on how to prepare for an interview and participated teambuilding activities. They also selected their internship choices, which included opportunities in the City Managers Office, the Sheriff’s department, the administrative services department, the parks, recreations and community services department, the building and engineering services department and the planning and economic development department.
On June 12, the candidates interviewed with a representative from each department for their selected internship. The Youth in Government program will begin on June 19 and conclude on July 12. Students who successfully complete the program will be rewarded to a luncheon with their families and a trip to Orange County’s Knott’s Berry Farm.
For more information about Youth in Government please contact Veronica Navarro at (661) 284-1420 or visit www.scyouthandfamily.com.