Calling all future leaders!

LANCASTER – The City of Lancaster is now accepting applications for its Youth in Government Program, where local high school students have the opportunity to interface and experience City government first-hand.

Selected students work with City employees and officials in various departments to expand their knowledge and awareness about the operations of their local government.

The City of Lancaster’s Parks, Recreation and Arts department hosts the program and facilitates the month-long interaction between students and their City counterparts.

Students collaborate on a community project and facilitate a mock City council meeting during the month of February.

Youth in Government allows participants to experience personal growth and develop various skills, while encouraging them to become responsible citizens. Since its inception, the Youth in Government program has produced informed young adults who can become active participants in their local government as future employees, officials and patrons.

Applications are currently being accepted for the 2012 Youth in Government program and are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 20.

Applicants must attend a Lancaster area high school and reside within Lancaster City limits.

Stop by the Parks, Recreation and Arts Department at Lancaster City Hall, 44933 Fern Avenue, to pick up an application.

(Information via press release from the City of Lancaster.)