OGDEN – Ogden City Council is now accepting applications from ninth through twelfth grade students in the Ogden School District as the deadline for positions on a new youth council and leadership academy expires.
The council opened submissions to students last week.
According to a press release on August 25th, the application deadline is September 15th. Application forms are available online at ogdencity.com/151/City-Council.
A maximum of nine students are selected for the youth council. The students meet with city council members once or twice a month and organize and lead service projects in the community.
All students from the Ogden area who qualify can attend the Youth Leadership Academy, which is open to students interested in learning more about local government.
Ogden City Council Political Analyst Ross Watkins will lead the program and has facilitated communication between council members and local schools.
While students will not have official authority, Watkins said, they will have the opportunity to act as an advisory committee to the city council and gain firsthand experience of local government and the local legislative process.
“We want to get kids involved in what matters most, what concerns them most … the local government,” Watkins said, “and help them see, ‘Hey, this decision is going to be made by the planning committee and they will decide if I do Build 50 townhouses in my neighborhood or not, and help them realize that they can have a voice in that. “
There will be one to three city council members who act as advisors to the students.
Angela Choberka, a council member representing District 1, will advise both the Youth Council and the Leadership Academy.
“I know the council is interested, and I’m really interested in hearing what’s important to the students,” said Choberka. “I think it’s a bit secondary, it’s about their training, but also about having these voices included in some of our discussions that we are having at Council level.”
A highlight for all participating students is a trip to the Utah State Capitol on Local Government Day while the legislative sessions are taking place.