I often meet Baltimore youth around the city that are curious about the detailed functions and duties of the Baltimore City government. One way for high school students to gain exposure to the important inner workings of the Baltimore City Council is through the City Council Page Program, which is run in partnership with the Citizenship Law Related Education Program at the Maryland Bar Association.
This year, I had the privilege of working with four incredible Baltimore City high school students – Brianna Brooks, Michael Cantie, Shaquintay Johnson, and Lauryn Taylor. These four smart, ambitious, hard-working individuals assisted the Council and its staff members, performed errands during Council meetings, distributed legislative documents, answered phones, and attended committee meetings.
At the end of their time working at City Hall, each page wrote and presented an idea for legislation that would change Baltimore City for the better. These proposals ranged from increased SAT test preparation to more arts programming in schools, and they are certainly priorities I will work to see highlighted in the future.
Thank you to this year's City Council pages, and I encourage all interested Baltimore City high school students to apply for the program next year.
To be eligible for the City Council Page Program, students must:
- Be in the 11th or 12th grade
- Attend a public high school in Baltimore City
- Be in good academic standing, with a 2.5 GPA or better
- Have 90% school attendance or better
To be considered, prospective pages must:
- Have approval of your high school administrator and parents
- Submit a complete application and participate in a formal interview
- Be able to work Mondays /Monday evenings throughout the ENTIRE school year
- Wear appropriate professional dress which will be provided to each selected page
To apply for the program, visit http://www.clrep.org/MSC.html or check out the Facebook page at facebook.com/pages/Baltimore-City-Council-Page-Program. All application materials must be received by Sept. 30. For more information, contact Shelley Wojciechowski at 410-706-5362 or firstname.lastname@example.org.