County Announces Youth Leadership Academy

Alameda County is currently accepting applications for Youth Leadership 2010-11, a five-session program focused on leadership and local government designed specifically for county high school juniors and seniors.
This free, award-winning county program will accept approximately 35 high school juniors and seniors representing various geographic areas in the county to come together on five Saturday mornings, over five months to hear presentations and discuss what it takes to be an active participant in local government as a resident, an employee, a community leader, and an elected official.  
Applications are available from the county by calling (510) 268-5379 or using the county website www.acgov.org/youthleadership.  Applications must be returned by Wednesday, Sept. 22.
Participants will be selected on a first-come, first-serve basis by geographic area.
“We are excited to begin the ninth Youth Leadership Academy,” says Board of Supervisors President Alice Lai-Bitker.  “It’s an excellent way for high school students to learn about Alameda County government and to practice leadership skills while meeting students from all over the county.”
“We’re looking forward to sharing information with the students on a wide range of county programs as well as receiving some dynamic feedback from our participants on youth interests and concerns,” says County Administrator Susan S. Muranishi.
Session dates are Oct. 2, Oct. 30, Nov. 13, Jan. 8 and Jan. 29.  Sessions will also focus on the role of county government in delivering critically needed services, such as public assistance, public protection and a wide variety of youth-focused programs offered by Alameda County.  Participants will have an opportunity to visit various facilities.
Youth Leadership 2010-11 is sponsored by the Alameda County Board of Supervisors and the County Administrator’s Office.