High school students interested in learning more about local government will have a unique opportunity this spring to see firsthand how the village of Lombard is run.
The village's new Youth Leadership Program will be held over three, two-hour sessions at village hall on April 17, April 24 and May 1. It is open to any high school student living in Lombard.
Trustee Dan Whittington said the program is an initiative of the village's community relations committee. Whittington, who serves as the committee's chairman, said the panel already hosts events for seniors and children and decided it wanted to offer something for young adults.
"We're all excited about it," he said, adding that he envisions the program serving students in the early years of their high school career, as juniors and seniors may already have a career path set.
The students will attend presentations and receive information from the village manager's office and the finance, community development, police, fire and public works departments. They also will meet with Village President Keith Giagnorio and the board of trustees before attending a board meeting on May 1.
Certificates will be presented to the students at the end of the program, which Whittington said may help them in their future studies.
"It's going to look good on their resumes for college applications," he said, adding that he hopes the program will allow village staff to serve as mentors to students who are interested in pursing careers in government.
Only 10 students will be selected for the program because the committee wants participants to have one-on-one time with village staff.
Applications are available at villageoflombard.org. They must be submitted at village hall or emailed to Communications Coordinator Bridget Doyle at firstname.lastname@example.org by March 21. Students chosen for the program will be notified March 24.