Douglas County Teens Attend Youth Congress at State Capital
On September 28th, approximately 115 students who live in Douglas County attended Youth Congress held at the Colorado State Capitol Building. Students in grades 9-12 participated. This event was sponsored by the Douglas County Youth Initiative and this year’s theme was Local Government Matters. The day started in the Colorado Assembly room. All of the students were introduced to elected local and state government officials where student questions about local government were answered. After this interactive session with commissioners, mayors, a school board member, and other elected officials, teens broke into small groups to tackle and discuss some of the issues facing their daily lives. These groups were led by adult experts in their fields. Some of the topics discussed included curfew, dress code, teen court, and recreation. At the end of the day, each student group presented their topic to the entire youth congress. Youth Congress allows local teens an opportunity to voice viewpoints and make suggestions to elected officials while learning about our governmental processes.