To provide our community’s youth the opportunity to learn the purpose and mechanics of county-level government, and be able to participate in a way to further their understanding of how local government works. Students who recognize and understand this will become more informed and involved citizens and voters.
Former President Richard Nixon wrote in his 1972 Proclamation: National Student Government Day, that student government organizations can “offer young people early and vital experience in exercising a voice in matters of common concern, reconciling diverse interests, and selecting leaders to express representative views. Equally important, active and responsible student governments can exert a constructive influence in shaping the on-going reform and self renewal of our educational communities.”
The first part of the Macomb County Board of Commissioners Student Government Program was an Essay Contest. This opportunity was open to all Macomb County students at public and private schools in grades 9th-12th. The essay topic for 2022/2023 was: Why do you think school violence is increasing and what can students do to prevent it? The submission window was Monday, September 26, 2022 through Friday, December 16, 2022.
Participating students have been invited to attend the Student Government Day program at the Board of Commissioners’ office in downtown Mount Clemens on March 16th.
11:30 AM – Welcome
11:35 AM – Tour of Board Office
11:50 AM – Presentation: “What is a Commissioner’s role in County Government?”
12:05 PM – Q & A following Presentation
12:20 PM – Small Group Discussions with Commissioners
1:00 PM – Break
1:15 PM – Draft Mock Proclamation/Tribute
2:00 PM – Mock Meeting
2:30 PM – Student Government Day Program Ends
3:00 PM – Scholarship Winner announced during Full Board Meeting
The Board of Commissioners has partnered with Advancing Macomb to offer a $1,000 scholarship that will be awarded to the student with the top essay. The winner will be announced and awarded at the March 16th, 2023 Full Board Meeting. Thank you, Advancing Macomb, for your generosity and support of this program!
Please contact Laura Murphy at email@example.com with any questions regarding this program.