By Sharon Aron Baron
Students have the opportunity to become Parkland’s next Mayor for a Month, and they don’t even have to run for office.
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 the program is a fantastic way for students to learn first-hand how the City Government operates. “Having the opportunity to spend time with our Commission and City staff to review agendas and attend the meetings is a perfect way to learn about our local government,” he said.
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 the form below, 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 applications by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, February 10, 2023.
Student Mayor Program Application Sep 2022_202209130909505454
City of Parkland
Attention: Mayor for a Month
6600 University Drive
Parkland, FL 33067
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- Sharon Aron Baron is a Parkland resident and editor of Talk Media. She has been covering Parkland news since 2012. Parkland Talk was created to provide News, Views, and Entertainment for the residents of Parkland.
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