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Student Government Day

Why You Should Participate and What You Will Learn

Students participating in Student Government DayThe Student Government Day program provides high school students who live in Tacoma or attend Tacoma Public Schools with an opportunity to learn more about the policy-making processes and operations of municipal government.  As an attendee you will:

  • Meet with the Mayor, City Council Members, city executives, and staff to talk about important issues
  • Learn about the services provided by city government
  • Play the role of the Mayor, Council Members or city staff members in a Mock City Council Meeting

  • Learn about emerging, important issues for the City of Tacoma

  • Gain firsthand knowledge of how the City provides core services to the community
  • Learn how these services or issues impact you now and in the future

Download the Student Government Day 2018 Flyer

Application and Selection Process

Up to 60 students will be selected to participate. Applications are due Tuesday, November 6, 2018, and applicants will be notified of selection by November 16, 2018. In line with our Equity & Empowerment Framework, nominations will aim to have students representative of different genders, ethnicities, high schools, council districts, and life experiences. 

 

Apply Online for Student Government Day

(Or download and submit a paper copy of the application.)

 

Schedule of Events

On Student Government Day, Tuesday, December 4, 2018, the following is the schedule of events for all participants.

Check-In

7:35 AM

Students will check-in with their respective Tacoma Public High Schools and will then be released to the Office. Students will then be bused to the Tacoma Municipal Building. Tacoma Public School students will be provided transportation from the students' respective high schools to the Tacoma Municipal Building. All other students will need to provide their own transportation or contact staff (Will Suarez) to arrange bus vouchers. 

Arrival

8:15 AM

Arrive at the Tacoma Municipal Building (TMB) at 747 Market Street and report to Room 148 on the first floor. Students will receive name tags and a welcome packet. 

Orientation

8:30 AM to 9 AM

Overview of the day’s activities, logistical outline, expectations for student behavior and an introduction to Municipal Government.

Introductions to Departments and Department Liaisons

9 AM to 10 AM

Introduction to departmental liaisons and government careers. During this time students will learn more about specific jobs within municipal government.

 

 

Tour of Departments

10:05 AM to 10:50 AM
The departmental visits and tours are designed for students to learn about the day-to-day operations of the employees in the City Government and understand how the various departments and offices of the government function. 

Lunch with City Council

11 AM to 11:45 AM

Lunch with the City Council. Your lunch will be provided by the City of Tacoma.

City of Tacoma Facility Tours

Noon to 2:30 PM

Students will have the opportunity to tour the Center for Urban Waters and the Tacoma Police Headquarters.

 

Time Place
Noon - 1 PM

Center for Urban Waters

326 E D Street

Tacoma, WA 98421

1 PM - 2:15 PM

Tacoma Police Headquarters

3701 South Pine Street 

Tacoma, WA 98409

Opportunities for Involvement

2:30 PM to 2:45 PM

City staff will talk about opportunities for youth to get involved in local government initiatives and programs.

Mock City Council Preparation & Discussion

2:45 PM to 4 PM

The discussion session will include preparing for the Mock City Council Meeting, producing an ordinance or resolution, and reviewing scripts.

Mock City Council Meeting

4 PM to 4:30 PM

The Mock City Council Meeting is set for students to learn how the City Council business meetings are conducted and how decisions for the City are adopted.


Before the Mock City Council Meeting students will vote for five students to act as the Mayor and four Council Members. The rest of the students will be assigned to departments to discuss and decide on proposed budget allocation and priorities for the City. Students will then present them in the meeting where the assigned Mayor and Council Members will vote for approval.

 

Students will then fill out a feedback form to provide input about the day and will submit the completed Student Government Day worksheet.

 

Students will take a group photo with Mayor and City Council. If you wish to participate in the group photo, then you must submit a completed image release form.


City Council Meeting

5-5:15 PM

Students will be recognized by the Mayor during the Proclamations and Recognitions portion of the agenda.  Students are free to leave after the conclusion of the Recognition.

 

Bus vouchers will be made available to any student needing to use public transportation to return to their place residence. Please contact staff for more information.

 

Responsibilities of the Participants 

Students

  • Students will start the day at their home rooms and will be released to the office of their High Schools. Students will then be bused to the Tacoma Municipal Building by Tacoma Public Schools. 
  • Check out with a Tacoma Public Schools representative if needing to leave the event early for any reason. 
  • Report any problems or concerns immediately to an advisor or City staff member.
  • Be punctual to scheduled activities and remain present until the activity is complete. 

Tacoma School District

  • Tacoma Public Schools will provide transportation to Student Government Day from all Tacoma Public High Schools and provide transportation to and from the city facilities during the departmental tour session. 
  • Representative from the School District will ensure students receive their information packets, schedule, and monitor students' progress.

Dress Code

The dress code for this events is business casual. If you are unsure if what you are going to wear is acceptable, ask an advisor prior to your arrival.

 

Suggested Women's Attire

  • Dress
  • Suit
  • Skirt
  • Slacks/Khakis
  • Blouse
  • Sweater
  • Jacket
  • Comfortable dress shoes

Suggested Men's Attire

  • Suit
  • Slacks/khakis
  • Sweater/sweater vest
  • Comfortable dress shoes
  • Collared polo or Oxford shirt

Supervision During the Day

Advisors are expected to attend all activities and meetings along with students during the event day. Students should not be in attendance at any portion of an event without adult supervision. All employees, advisors and staff members in contact with students must be adults 21 years of age or older and have completed background checks.

Date and Time

December 4, 2018

8:15 AM - 5:15 PM

 

Who Can Attend

Students Grades 9-12 who live in Tacoma or attend Tacoma Public Schools

 

Contacts

Will Suarez

Senior Management Fellow 
City Manager’s Office

(253) 591-5590
Email

 

Bucoda Warren 
Management Fellow 
City Manager’s Office

(253) 594-7925
Email

 

Amanda Scott-Thomas
Director of Community Partnership

Tacoma Public Schools

601 South 8th Street

PO Box 1357

Tacoma, WA 98401

(253) 571-1087

Email