On November 23, 2013, 51 College Now students representing 36 New York City high schools and 14 College Now programs participated in the 2013 Model City Council Project, an intensive leadership development program that provides public service education to New York City high school students. Model City Council, offered in collaboration with the E. T. Rogowsky Internship Program in Government and Public Affairs, allows students the opportunity to represent the districts of actual city council members, while formulating their own positions on legislative issues that affect the quality of life of New York City residents. Participation requires personal flexibility and the willingness to learn about parts of New York City beyond their own neighborhoods.
This year’s final event was held in the Council Chambers at City Hall where students debated the Security something act. The newly elected Manhattan Borough President, Gail Brewer, addressed the students and encouraged them to pursue their goals of education and politics.
The Model City Program is open to juniors or seniors enrolled in a NYC public high school with prior (or current) College Now experience. For more information about participating in Model City, contact Yvette Santana-Taveras. For more information about the 2013 Model City Council, including photos, please visit the Edward T. Rogowsky Internship Program in Government and Public Affairs website at www.etrinternship.org/html/modelcouncil.htm .