Prairie Village youth will have a chance to get an up close experience with how the city operates under a new program approved by the city council Monday.
The new Prairie Village Teen Council will provide six young Prairie Village residents with the opportunity to participate in official city government functions and learn about the inner workings of government, the police department and public works.
Councilor Jori Nelson proposed the idea at the first city council meeting in August, but her fellow councilors asked to postpone approving the plan until she solidified a number of details regarding process, staff time and cost. Last night, the council voted unanimously to approve the new program and provide $500 for its operation.
To be eligible, students must be high school sophomores, juniors and seniors. The application process will require students to submit a letter of recommendation from a teacher, principal or employer as well as complete an essay.
The six students selected for the program will attend at least four city council meetings and a number of city committee meetings. Teen Council members will also be required to volunteer 60 hours during the course of the school year, and will have the opportunity to do a police ride along and get a tour of the public works department.
Applications for the inaugural Prairie Village Teen Council class are due Friday, Sept. 26. For a copy of the application, email Nelson at firstname.lastname@example.org.