The City of West Chicago is introducing a new program to build civic engagement with West Chicago’s young Latino residents. Called the Local Government Academy, the program will offer an in-depth look at the services and operations provided by City government, including a session on public service and volunteerism.
The eight-week after school program will be held in City Hall and is for students 12-18 years old interested in making a difference in their community through civic leadership and participation. “The Academy is the perfect way to highlight the role of local government and instill civic pride in the community,” stated Adrian Marquez, the City’s Community Outreach Specialist and Latino Ombudsman.
Registration for the Academy’s winter session is now open, and applications are available here. Classes are scheduled on Thursdays, from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. from January 31 – March 21, 2019. The deadline for registration is January 21, 2019.
The Local Government Academy is one more way the City is implementing the objectives outlined in the 2016 West Chicago Strategic Plan, to connect all members of the community and to provide civic engagement opportunities. The launch of Tu Ciudad (a new page on the City’s website which contains news about City services, special events, and more in Spanish) as well as a City Facebook page for Spanish speakers, are additional efforts that have been initiated to involve the Latino population in City government.
For more, information on this program, please contact Adrian Marquez at firstname.lastname@example.org or 630-293-2200 x123.