LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACADEMY | Fostering Civic Participation in West Chicago
The LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACADEMY is a program that is aligned with the interest and needs of the West Chicago community as outlined in the 2016 West Chicago Strategic Plan. The goal is to broaden participation in community leadership while investing in long-term relationships and forming partnerships with members of the West Chicago community.
The purpose of this program is to provide Latino middle and high school students an in-depth understanding of the working functions of the City, as well as to examine issues affecting City residents. This an eight-session learning experience that provides Latino students the opportunity to learn about local government processes and how to become an active member within the West Chicago community.
The Local Government Academy is a collaboration between the City of West Chicago and the local schools serving the community. The program is open to all current Latino middle and high school students between the ages of 12-20. Applicants do not have to be residents of the City of West Chicago to apply, but preference will be given to those who reside within the City limits. Upon completion of the program, the participants will receive a Certificate of Completion from Mayor Ruben Pineda and the West Chicago City Council.
This program is an exciting way for Latino students to learn how to find their inner voice and bring a youth perspective to real City issues and concerns. The curriculum focuses on civic engagement and youth development.
More information regarding this program will be available in the near future.