San Diego – The City of San Diego, through its Youth Initiative will hold the first Youth Government Day on Oct. 11 at the City Hall.

Youth Government Day will provide a unique opportunity for San Diego youth to learn about city government and participate in citizenship. No other city in Duval County or the Coastal Bend Area has ever organized an official Youth Government Day.

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. They will be officially sworn into office at the Nov. 8 city council meeting.

All San Diego youth are encouraged to participate in a city-wide community service project on Nov. 11. Youth Government Day t-shirts will be available for purchase at www.sandiegotexas.org.

“We are excited about creating this first-of-kind opportunity for San Diego you,” said 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 file a registration form that will be available at www.sandiegotexas.org on Sept. 15 and submitted to the City Secretary Elma Martinez by no-later than Oct. 9. For more information, please contact info@sandiegotexas.org or ernie.gonzalez@emcstrategygroup.com.

All youth who are elected will have adult supervision and parents or a guardian will be asked to join in on the first Youth Government Day.