TAVARES — The Lake County Teen Court Program will host a Law & Government Explorer Program recruitment kick-off meeting for high-school students on Monday, Nov. 5, from 6:30–8 p.m. at the Tavares Civic Center, located at 100 E. Caroline St., Tavares.
Much like explorer programs for police or fire, the Law & Government Explorer Program is an avenue for students interested in careers in law, politics or government to gain a better understanding of these professions and experience them first hand.
Those who enroll in the program will have the opportunity to attend public meetings, as well as participate in Teen Court, mock trial competitions and a mock senate session. They will also get a chance to job shadow an elected official or government employee and enjoy a visit to the Capitol.
“I am very excited about this new opportunity available to our youth,” said Stephanie Glass, Program Specialist with the Teen Court Program. “The County has a strong commitment to developing responsible and civically-engaged youth, and this program supports that goal.“
The meetings will occur the first Monday of each month, from 6:30-8 p.m. at various locations throughout the County. Students should make plans to attend all of the meetings.
The monthly meetings with include speakers from different areas of law or government, and students will have service projects, fun projects and explorer-specific projects quarterly. The youth will have a designated leadership team, who will plan for, and run the meetings and events.
Elections will be the theme of the first meeting, since it occurs on the eve of the General Election. Tavares Mayor, Robert Wolfe, will kick-off the meeting, followed by Mike Graves, newly elected Public Defender for the 5th Judicial Circuit, who will talk about running a campaign and the election process. The meeting will also include a youth debate on a freedom of speech issue, and then the group will participate in a mock vote relating to the debate. Dinner will be provided.
The explorer post is a non-partisan group that will not endorse or support a specific candidate or political party at any time. Parents are welcome, but are not required to attend. Pre-registration is not necessary, but is encouraged.
For more information, or to register call Stephanie Glass at 352-742-6511 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.