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Registration open for county teen leadership program

Staff~ 5/20/2015

PHOENIX – Registration is now open for Valley youths interested in participating in the Maricopa County Teen Leadership Experience, a county-sponsored summer learning experience that introduces youth ages 12-17 to the county government operations.

Departments from Animal Care and the sheriff’s office to the trial courts across Maricopa County open up their doors and invite youth to join and learn. The MCLE program runs June 1- July 31.

This self-directed program provides the opportunity for teens to choose a schedule that suits them. They will attend at least two on-site experiences in each of three areas – government, community, and the environment; complete at least ten hours of volunteer work; and participate in Maricopa County’s Library District’s Summer Reading Program.

Once they sign up for the summer reading, participants schedule their volunteer hours, workshops and meetings with various county departments.  MCLE offers a wide variety of interactive and educational experiences such as: a Deputy Sheriff ride-along, teen court jurors, animal care and control volunteerism, job training and resume boot camp, stadium and district office tour, and much more. Participants who fulfill the program requirements receive a certificate of completion at the year-end celebration event.

 “We are proud of the workshops and volunteer opportunities provided by more than 20 county departments; helping teens explore how individual communities and our governments can work together to make Maricopa County a great place,” commented Board Chairman Steve Chucri. “While MCLE experiences are fun and wide-ranging, the program was designed to support academic and career goals, encouraging students to be lifelong learners and problem-solvers.”   

The MCLE program is sponsored by the Human Services Department. Bruce Liggett, HSD Director, stated, “We at Maricopa County take pride in our government. County departments are offering youth an inside look at their organization and how they serve their customers and general public. Parents and guardians, community leaders, and educators should encourage youth to participate in MCLE. It’s an opportunity to increase a youth’s knowledge about Maricopa County government, create potential career pathways, and it keeps youth engaged and active throughout the summer.”

For more information about the MCLE program, contact O’Zandra L. Floyd at (602) 372-4248 or send inquires to MCLE@mail.maricopa.gov. Registration is open until May 29. Youth can register directly by visiting: http://myhsd.maricopa.gov/MCLE.aspx.