Students to Shadow County Employees at 12th Annual Youth in Government Day
INDIO – High school students from the Coachella Valley will shadow Supervisor John J. Benoit and more than 55 county employees who are based in the Coachella Valley at Thursday’s 12th Annual Fourth District Youth in Government Day.
Supervisor Benoit will make opening remarks at 8:30 a.m. as the students get paired up with their mentors at the Taj Mahal building at the Riverside County Fairgrounds in Indio, 46-350 Arabia St.
After six hours of job shadowing, the students will regroup at the Taj Mahal building at 3 p.m.
“Youth in Government Day is a unique educational experience that provides students a glimpse into career opportunities in county government,” said Supervisor John J. Benoit. “They will go on ride-alongs with the Fire Department and Sheriff’s Department, witness court trials, inspect restaurants and observe local government in action. This program is enormously successful because of dedicated employees who mentor students as they perform everyday duties.”
Participating county departments include: CAL FIRE, Sheriff’s Department, District Attorney’s Office, Law Offices of the Public Defender, County Counsel, Child Support Services, Economic Development Agency, Environmental Health, Human Resources, Mental Health, Probation, Public Social Services, Transportation and Code Enforcement.
The employees will be grouped with more than 70 high school students from ten participating high schools: Xavier College Preparatory High School and Amistad, Cathedral City, Coachella Valley, Desert Hot Springs, Indio, La Quinta, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage and Shadow Hills high schools.
For more information about Thursday’s activities, please contact Brittney Baird, Supervisor Benoit’s Youth Advisory Council Coordinator, at 760-863-8211.