HESPERIA, CA – The City of Hesperia, Hesperia Unified School District and Hesperia Chamber of Commerce are partnering once again to offer a select group of high school seniors an opportunity to participate in the Fifth Annual Youth in Government Day. This event provides students with a foundation in responsible citizenship as it exposes them to the issues faced by today’s civic leaders and enables them to learn the role and process of local government.
“This is a very popular event each year, both with students and City employees,” said Mayor Mike Leonard. “It is our hope that we inspire some of them to choose careers in public service.”
This year’s event will take place on Thursday, January 27, 2011 at Hesperia City Hall. The day-long event includes an orientation and welcome briefing, a guided tour of City Hall, job shadowing, a luncheon program sponsored by the Hesperia Pizza Factory, a “Meet the Mayor” question and answer session and participation in a Mock City Council Meeting.
Youth in Government Day is an academically motivating activity designed to give high school seniors the unique opportunity of an up-close look at the world of work—in this case, the inner workings of a local government agency. Students will be provided with a quality educational experience through hands-on learning as they are teamed up to “shadow” workplace mentors at the City of Hesperia and experience a normal day on the job. They will see firsthand the
operation of municipal government and the role it plays in their daily life, as well as the lives of their families.
“Job shadowing has proven to be a great tool in motivating students by showing them how the things they learn in school are applied in the workplace. We also hope that they get a better understanding of the role of local government,” said Mike Podegracz, Hesperia City Manager.