Teens to Learn About City Government Sept. 13

'City Government 101' will aim to increase civic involvement among teens.

students will get a chance to learn more about how the city of Elk Grove works at an event next week.

The Sept. 13 event will be the first in a series of events designed to teach teens about how government works and encouraging them to get involved.

The full press release follows:

ELK GROVE , CA – The Elk Grove Community Connection (EGCC), a local community group that has put on more that 20 community outreach meetings, will be holding a series of town hall meetings, along with Elk Grove City Councilman Gary Davis, geared towards high school students taking government and civics classes.

The first town hall meeting, with students invited from Monterey Trail High School entitled, “Teens in Action – City Government 101,” will be held on Thursday, September 13, 2012, at Elk Grove City Hall, Council Chambers, beginning at 6:00 p.m. with a meet ‘n greet reception.  The forum will begin at 6:30 p.m. and end at 8:00 p.m. with a special raffle.  Elk Grove City Hall Council Chambers is located at 8400 Laguna Palms Way, Elk Grove, CA  95758.

Speakers include Elk Grove City Clerk Jason Lindgren, Elk Grove Chief of Police Robert Lehner, Cosumnes Community Services District General Manager Jeff Ramos, respected community activist Sarah Johnson, and City of Elk Grove Youth Commissioner and Monterey Trail High School student Nermeen Rehimtoola.

The series of town hall meetings will be facilitated by Elk Grove City Councilman Gary Davis. “Civic knowledge is at an all time low among high schools students. In Elk Grove, we are going to change that by getting high school students directly involved in their city government. These students, after all, are the future leaders of our city, state, and nation,” adds Davis.

The town hall meetings will provide an overview of Elk Grove City government’s interworkings with a specific focus on ways young people can take a more active role in shaping public policy in their local government. Students are asked to actively participate in an open forum discussion, bringing their thoughts and ideas for making Elk Grove great.

For more information and the curriculum for City Government 101, the forum flyers are attached to this press release.


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