What is Youth in Government Day (YIGD)?
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.
Description of YIGD 2014
The 2014 Youth in Government Day Program will focus on the city’s electoral process and voting procedures. Students will be provided with the opportunity to address key focus topics in the city. Participants will have the opportunity to vote for a student elected Mayor who will lead this year’s mock City Council meeting. In addition, youth will also dialogue with their peers and city staff on important topics that are vital tothe city’s operations. Each participant will assist with developing a working plan and present it at the mock City Council meeting.
Youth in Government Day is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, April 23, 2014.
(OPTIONAL) Mock City Council Positions
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 email of your interview date and time. Interviews are tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, April 9, 2014 and the Mock City Council Workshop for Thursday, April 17, 2014. 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.
Click here to download a copy of the Youth in Government Day Application Form
Return applications via email, U.S. Mail, or fax by Friday, March 21, 2014.
If you have any questions, please contact Veronica Guerrero at (714) 765-6404
or via email at email@example.com.
Mailing address: 200 S. Anaheim Blvd., Suite 433. Anaheim, CA 92805
Fax #: 714-533-5223