3/21/2014 - Youth Government Day Celebrated

The City recently celebrated Youth Government Day during which selected high school students got the opportunity to tour City Hall, talk with city officials and have lunch with the city council members while discussing the workings of city government. 

Mayor John Labrosse said the day was a great opportunity for young people to learn more about how their local government works. 

Councilman David E. Sims said the Youth Government Day has been a positive experience for students for decades and he remembers taking part in the day when he was in high school. “ Most of these students have never been inside city hall so this created a great real life learning experience for them. This day breaks down barriers that may exist between young people and government. For me it was very meaningful because it seems not long ago that I was in their shoes and I was a student talking to a councilman. Now I’m the councilman. 

Deputy Mayor Kathleen Canestrino called the event enlightening to both the students and the elected officials. It’s great for us as government officials to share what we know about government with young people who may be our leaders of the future. And it’s great for us to hear about what’s important to them.” 

Pictured above are (far left) Deputy Mayor Kathleen Canestrino, Councilman and Police Commissioner David E Sims (center) and Mayor John Labrosse (right) with students from Hackensack High School