Photography and Graphic Design by Yesenia Taveras, Director of Communications for Wilmington City Council
On May 4, 2023, members of the Wilmington City Council participated in this year’s Youth In City Government Program virtually and in person in Council Chambers located in the Louis L. Redding City/County Building at 800 N. French Street in Wilmington, DE.
Sponsored by The Department of Parks & Recreation and the Division of Youth and Families, with collaboration from Mayor Mike Purzycki, Wilmington City Council, and various city Department Heads, the Youth In City Government Program works with local school districts to educate students on the democratic political process and the various roles they can play.
The program includes a four-step process:
Delegates – Each school selects eleven students representing each party to attend the Convention.
Conventions – A one-day convention is held for each political party at the City/County Building. Students elect individuals from their party to run in a citywide election for Mayor, City Treasurer, Council President, as well as twelve City Council seats.
Campaigns – Selected candidates solicit the support of their delegates to campaign for them at their school.
Election – Each participating school votes for the candidate of their choice.
The Youth In City Government experience culminates with the elected and appointed youth officials spending a day with our existing elected city officials and appointed city employees. The experience is designed to promote more responsible voting behavior during adulthood by understanding the importance of the process.
For a complete list of students that were selected from their schools to participate in the 2023 Youth In City Government Day program, visit the link here.
City Council Members participated with students during in-person events throughout the day and during the regular city council meeting held on May 4, 2023, which can be seen by clicking the link here.
Photography by Yesenia Taveras, Director of Communications for Wilmington City Council