Youth in Government

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What is Youth in Government?
Men conferring at conference table.The Youth in Government Program is an exciting opportunity for local youth to learn how the City functions, how decisions are made and the steps taken to make those decisions. High school students throughout the City are invited to participate in this enriching program which takes place each year in February.

During the event, participants shadow City leaders and learn about the responsibilities that each City department has to Lancaster residents. Youth participate in a group charrette and are mentored by the City staff throughout the event. The culmination of the program is a mock Council meeting that is run by student participants.

Why should I participate in Youth in Government?

  • Suit-clad men reviewing documents at conference table.Participating in the program is a great way for teens to build upon their leadership skills and meet peers who have an interest in local government.
  • Participating in the program looks excellent on college applications and resumes.
  • Students have the opportunity to interact one-on-one with City leaders.

Feedback from past participants:
"I enjoyed working with City leaders, and have gained a better understanding and appreciation for government through the program."
Erika Webb, Antelope Valley High School

"Youth in Government was fun and interactive. This was one of the best of experiences I have had in high school!"
Adreena Finks, Quartz Hill High School

How do I sign up?
If you are interested in participating in Youth in Government contact your high school ASB Advisor, the City of Lancaster's Parks, Recreation & Arts Department at 661-723-6077 or download the application here.


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