La Mirada High School Students Learn about Public Service
The City of La Mirada’s award-winning Youth in Government program completed its 58th year at Tuesday’s City Council meeting. Students from the program presented their proposals for local programs to the City Council.
The students made two presentations proposing Art in Public Places and College Banner Recognition Programs. For the Art in Public Places Program, the students surveyed surrounding cities with similar programs to gather information about costs, maintenance, and selection of art. Students suggested the program be implemented in La Mirada to further benefit the city.
Youth in Government students also proposed a College Banner Recognition Program to encourage high school students to pursue a college education or trade. The banners would recognize high school seniors who gain acceptance into a university or trade school. Students proposed to display these banners along Adelfa Drive in front of La Mirada High School.
The presentations marked the conclusion of a four-month program in which participating La Mirada high school students were assigned to a City Council member or City staff counterpart to learn about the function of local government. The final project for the students included their participation in a simulated City Council meeting in which they proposed their project ideas. In addition to their proposals, students also learned about civic engagement by taking part in City-sponsored community events and meeting with local community groups.
“The students did an outstanding job serving in the roles of Council members and staff leadership positions, as well as presenting their proposals,” stated Mayor Ed Eng. “Through this program students took an active part in learning about the functions of local government and their community. These students have a bright future ahead of them.”
Previous Youth in Government project proposals that have been successfully implemented include the creation of the La Mirada Community Gymnasium and Splash! La Mirada Regional Aquatics Center, and enhancements to the La Mirada Library.