OGDEN – Ogden City Council is now accepting applications from grades 9-12 students in the Ogden School District as a deadline looms for positions on a new youth council and a new academy in leadership.
The council opened submissions for students last week.
According to an August 25 press release, the deadline for applications will be September 15. Application forms are available online at ogdencity.com/151/City-Council.
A maximum of nine students will be selected for the Youth Council. Students will meet with city council members once or twice a month and organize and lead community service projects.
All students in the Ogden area who qualify can participate in the Youth Leadership Academy, which is open to students interested in learning more about local government.
Ogden City Council Policy Analyst Ross Watkins will lead the program and has facilitated communication between council members and local schools.
Although students have no official authority, Watkins said, they will have the opportunity to act as an advisory committee to city council, gaining first-hand experience in local government and local legislative processes.
“We want to involve kids in what matters most, what affects them the most… local government,” Watkins said, “and help them see,“ Hey, there’s this decision going through the Commission of planning, and they’re going to decide whether or not to put 50 townhouses in my neighborhood, ”and help them realize that they can have a say.
There will be one to three members of the city council who will act as advisers for the students.
Angela Choberka, a council member representing District 1, will advise both the youth council and the Leadership Academy.
“I know the board is interested, and I’m really interested, in hearing what is important to students,” said Choberka. “I think it’s a little twofold, it’s about their education but also having those voices included in some of our conversations that we have at the board level.”
A highlight for all participating students includes a trip to the Utah State Capitol on Local Government Day, while legislative sessions take place.