Program invites teens to learn about municipal government

The City of Round Rock is once again partnering with Round Rock ISD to host its popular UniverCity civic education program for high school students.

Round Rock Teen UniverCity is a program that gives juniors and seniors the opportunity to experience the inner workings of city government. The course aims for students to use their experience to learn how young people can have a voice in local government issues and explore future career opportunities in public service.

The program will run from Monday June 6 to Thursday June 16. Each day, students will learn about different facets of municipal government by participating in presentations that include interactive tours of facilities and hands-on activities. Attendees will visit departments such as the City Council, Fire Department, Information Technology, Finance, and Parks and Recreation.

Exciting experiences throughout the program include a tour and discussion of the future development of downtown Round Rock, an exercise with communications to learn about interview best practices, an escape activity and a ATV tour of parks and sports facilities. Throughout their service visits, participants will meet various city officials and employees, learn strategies to improve the community, network and learn about career development.

The program will meet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day and will include a catered lunch for each participant. The program is open to juniors and seniors attending the Round Rock ISD school, and the class will consist of at least two to three representatives from each Round Rock ISD high school.

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