In today's videogame and social media society, it's important that today's teens don't let the real world get away from them. That's one of the reasons why Youth in Government Day is so beneficial to students. On May 3, 100 area students were able to see how local governments function. It was the 28th annual Youth in Government Day, and students from Jackson, Cape Girardeau, Notre Dame, Saxony Lutheran, Oak Ridge and Delta participated in the program.
Part of the program includes a mock city council program where students have to discuss issues in the same way local boards must do before reaching decisions.
Youth in Government Day started in 1984 by Optimist Club member Tom Meyer, who wanted for students to better understand the structure of government. Based on comments from students, it appears that is exactly what happens.
"I think the most important thing that I learned from this is that everybody has an opinion and every opinion makes a difference," said Emilie Davis of Jackson High School.
Congratulations to all of the students who participated in the program. And thank you to all of our government officials who took the time to pass along important information to our next generation of leaders.