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City Hall Teaches Youth Civic
Education
Youth in Local Government Initiative
City of Santa Ana
Friday, September 18, 2009
San Jose, California
Gerardo Mouet, Executive Director, Parks, Recreation and Community Services Agency
(714) 571-4204 * [email protected]
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Model Program For Youth Civic Engagement
• To create a program
that teaches young
people how to get
involved in their local
government, how City
Hall works, how to
approach solving
community problems,
and how to create
policy.
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How Do You Get Past City Hall
Intimidation?
• Develop a program for
youth that makes sense
to your community
• Getting the right mix of
participants and City
Coaches
• Developing interesting
and interactive
seminars
• Making it fun for all
Getting to Know Each Other at Orientation
Saturday, March 15, 2008
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Key to Success: Coaches that Mentor
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Developing Interesting and Motivating
Program Content
• Kickoff with motivating relevant key note speaker
• Interactive sessions are key to teach, when you
have limited time, how City Government Works
• Give Mock City Council Assignments early so
students can begin learning their roles
• Get a professional political consultant to teach
them the basic how to become an elected offical
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Interaction in Seminars is Key
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The Future
• Youth in Local Government Initiative was
funded through private donations and took
place in spring 2008
• Developing the Health and Social
Responsibility for summer 2010 * A Youth
Summer Program where deeper exploration of
key policies in health as it relates to city
government will take place
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