City of Bakersfield Hosts Teen City Government Day on November 06, 2013
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The 59th annual City of Bakersfield Teen City Government Day took place on Wednesday, November 06, 2013. A morning full of activities began with an Honors Breakfast at 7:00 a.m. at the Norris Road Veteran’s Hall, 400 W. Norris Rd, hosted by the Optimist Clubs of Greater Bakersfield. Immediately after breakfast, the sixty eight (68) Teen Government Day students traveled by school bus to City Hall to spend the rest of the morning learning about Bakersfield’s City government.
After a short orientation in the City Council Chambers students teamed up with department and division heads. Students, through their interactions with City employees, gained insight into the many services that the City of Bakersfield provides its citizens. Employees had the opportunity to learn about what students feel are important needs in the community. Students visited many departments, including Police and Fire, City Hall offices, Community Development Department, Water Resources, and others.
Following a morning spent "on-the-job" with City employees, students returned to City Hall and then traveedl to Hodel’s Country Dining for a luncheon in their honor, sponsored by the Bakersfield-area Kiwanis Clubs.
In the evening, fourteen (14) student body representatives had a second opportunity to participate in City government as they sat with elected and appointed leaders during the City Council meeting in the Council Chambers. These students, as student counterparts to Bakersfield's Mayor, seven City Councilmembers, City Manager, City Attorney, Public Works Director, Community Development Director, Communications Coordinator, and City Clerk, had a chance to view the public meeting process first-hand and see policy-level decisions being made.
Teen City Government Day is jointly sponsored by the City of Bakersfield, the Kern Union High School District, the Optimist Clubs of Greater Bakersfield, and the Bakersfield-area Kiwanis Clubs. The seventeen (17) area high schools participating were: Bakersfield, Bakersfield Christian, Centennial, East Bakersfield, Foothill, Frontier, Garces, Golden Valley, Highland, Independence, Liberty, Mira Monte, North, Ridgeview, South, Stockdale, and West.