In 1969, the City of Anaheim started a program called Youth in Government Day to provide high school students with firsthand knowledge on how city government plays an important role in their daily lives. Youth in Government day encourages participants to actively engage in meaningful dialogue and participate in activities that can help shape the City’s future. The program’s goal is simply to develop in youth awareness about how their city functions and assist them in becoming well informed and active citizens in their communities.
The 2015 Youth in Government Day Program will focus on the city’s commitment to being an environmental friendly destination. Students will be provided with the opportunity to address key environmental topics, such as recycling, clean air and carbon emissions, water conservation, and food sustainability. Participants will have the opportunity to vote for a student elected Mayor who will lead this year’s mock City Council meeting as well as cast votes for four council member seats. In addition, youth will also dialogue with their peers and city staff on important environmental topics that are vital to the city’s operations and the environment. Each participant will assist with developing a working plan and present it at the mock City Council meeting.
Mock City Council Positions (OPTIONAL)
If you are interested in taking on a leadership role in Youth in Government Day either as a City Council member, City Manager, or City Clerk, please check the appropriate box on the application. Students interested in council positions and/or administrative positions should be prepared to give an interview and position speech, if selected as a finalist. Students will be given (1) key focus topic to choose from and deliver their speech to the entire Youth in Government Day assembly on the day of the event. Students will then utilize the electoral process in determining the Mayor, Council, and Administrative positions.
Please note that you will be required to participate in an oral interview process if you seek one of the city leadership positions. Each candidate should be prepared to answer general questions regarding the City’s programs and services. If you are selected, you will be notified by phone or e-mail of your interview date and time. Interviews are tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, April 8, 2015 and the Mock City Council Workshop for Wednesday, April 15, 2015. Students will be REQUIRED to attend both of these activities. This is a highly competitive process and selection of one of the above positions on your application does NOT guarantee you an interview.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 Downtown Anaheim Community Center 250 E. Center Street Anaheim, CA 92801
Please submit an on-line application by FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 2015
If you encounter issues with the on-line application or would like to request a .pdf version to submit in person, via e-mail, or fax, please contact us at anaheimYIGD@gmail.com.
If you have any questions, please contact Veronica Guerrero at (714) 765-6404 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Mailing address: 200 S. Anaheim Blvd., Suite 433. Anaheim, CA 92805 Fax #: 714-533-5223