By Jill Fox
Students have an opportunity to become Parkland’s Mayor for a month.
Open to any Parkland resident in grades 6-12 regardless of enrollment in a public, private, or charter school; the lucky winner will shadow Parkland Mayor Rich Walker at commission meetings and other presentations.
Walker said he is looking forward to hosting Mayor of the Month for the first time during his term as mayor.
“This is a great opportunity for students to have a behind-the-scenes, firsthand view and experience of exactly how our local government works,” said Walker.
The student-mayor program’s goal is to provide young people with confidence, support, and recognition that will hopefully open the door for additional opportunities to become involved in their community and develop into future leaders.
Those selected will be sworn in at a commission meeting and invited to participate with the mayor in events during that month.
To apply, students need to submit a form, along with a 250-word essay explaining why they would like to be involved in municipal government.
The application should include their community involvement, academic achievements, and a letter of reference.
“I cannot wait to review the applications of our talented students,” said Walker.
Mail or hand-deliver completed applications by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, September 10, 2021, to:
City of Parkland
Attention: Mayor for a Month
6600 University Drive
Parkland, FL 33067
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- Jill Fox is an Emmy Award-winning writer and producer. She has worked in public relations and television for over 20 years. Fox lives in Parkland with her husband and their two children.