Youth In Government Gives Glimpse Into Public Service

Michy Benavides, Features Reporter

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On October 26, I volunteered for the Youth in Government Day.

You’re probably wondering what it is.

Youth in Government Day is an event that the City of Stockton host once a year, where students have the opportunity to meet with City Council Members, City Staff, and participate in a mock City Council Meeting.

This purpose of this event is to teach students what it’s like to hold a government job and to provide insight to students about what careers they might want to pursue later in life.

This event took place at the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors. It started at 7:15 am. We were taken to the Sixth Floor where we had to check in and pick up our name tags. We had breakfast with all the students, staff, and the city council members. After that was over we headed to meet the board of supervisors and office of education.

Everything was so organized, I loved it.

By 8:15 am we got into our groups and headed to where we had to sign up. I signed up for the San Joaquin County Health Services. The group that I was in there was a mix of students from Lincoln High, Sierra High, Lathrop High, and of course Weston Ranch High School. It was amazing meeting students from different high schools, we all got along and shared our desires for psychology.

I really enjoyed listening to all the different kind of psychologist presentations. They gave me a much better point of view on psychology and how it works, and they also showed me the steps to become a psychologist, which I am very thankful for because this is a career I would love to achieve sometime in my life.

Sadly, it came to an end. We planned to head back but not before we had lunch. They ordered us sandwiches.

I was a bit worried, because I am vegan. I thought I wouldn’t be able to have lunch with them. Thankfully they ordered a special meal. This told me my group was laid back and sympathetic.

To wrap things up we had a certificate ceremony, and everyone received a certificate.

Once the ceremony ended, we took a group pictures with everyone. It was a great day.

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