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.
“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.
According to the City of Parkland, the program’s goal is to provide young people with confidence, support, and recognition, hopefully opening 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 reference letter.
Mail or hand-deliver completed applications by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, Jan 7, 2022, to:
City of Parkland
Attention: Mayor for a Month
6600 University Drive
Parkland, FL 33067
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