SAN DIEGO - The City of San Diego, through its Youth Initiative, will hold the first Youth Government Day on Oct. 11 at City Hall, at 5:30 p.m. Youth Government Day will provide a unique opportunity for San Diego youth to learn about city government and participate in citizenship.

Youth Government Day is open to all San Diego Youth in grades sixth through 12th. Participants will have the opportunity to run for Youth Mayor and Youth City Council Members. Youth elected to office, will serve as Mayor and City Council Members for the day on Nov. 11 and lead a community-wide service project. They will be officially sworn into office at the Nov. 8 City Council Meeting.

“We are excited about creating this first-of-kind opportunity for San Diego Youth,” said San Diego Youth Initiative Chairman Belinda Morin.

“Public service is critical for the advancement of any community and I along with the members of the city council support all opportunities to expose young people to participate in citizenship by becoming involved in this Youth Government Day,” said San Diego Mayor Sally Lichtenberger.

Once elected, the Youth Mayor and City Council will appoint a Youth Police Chief, Fire Chief, Public Works Director, Municipal Judge, City Director, EMS Director, and City Secretary.

All Youth Candidates must follow a two-step registration process by visiting www.sandiegotexas.org. All participating youth must be accompanied by a legal guardian. For more information, please contact info@sandiegotexas.org or ernie.gonzalez@emcstrategygroup.com.

Important registration tips:

Only youth in grades 6-12 may participate. Include name of youth in registration. Participating students must provide proof of San Diego residency (bring copy of utility bill or report card) on October 11 to City Hall. Election Procedures:

(A) Youth Elections will take place on a single day (Oct. 11) at San Diego City Hall, at 5:30 p.m.

(B) Only youth in grades 6-12 that live in San Diego, TX are eligible to vote.

(C) IMPORTANT - Only youth from the same grade may vote for a candidate from the same grade (example a 12th grader can vote for a 12th grader. A 6th grader may not vote for a 12th grader).

(D) Winners will be determined by the majority vote garnered by candidates.

(E) Once candidates complete the two-step registration process, they may begin to rally eligible voters.

(F) Students must be in good standing with the SDISD. Youth Government Day is designed to expose and educate students in the democratic process. Youth may not conduct any type of fundraising activities.