The 2016 Model City Council, consisting of 47 College Now students representing 31 public high schools and 13 College Now programs, convened on Saturday, November 19th, 2016 at City Hall to debate and vote on MCC Resolution 15 – the removal of metal detectors from the NYC high schools. At the conclusion of the session, the Model City Council voted against removing the metal detectors.
City Council Member Jumanne Williams, who represents the 45th Council District and serves as Deputy Leader of the New York City Council, addressed the students and encouraged them to pursue their goals of education and politics. Also in attendance, was Robert Cornegy, who represents the 36th District and chairs the Council’s Committee on Small Business.
For 3 weeks, in the fall 2016 semester, College Now students attended training sessions to prepare for their role as Model City Council members as representatives of real NYC districts. The hands-on approach by the faculty help our students understand the realities associated with policy making and the intricacies of representing a diverse urban population while working on a real legislative agenda.
Participating in NYC’s legislative and policymaking process through the the Model City Council Meeting, enables students to explore their interests in government while enhancing their critical thinking, public speaking and research skills.