The National School Boards Association blog drew my attention via this post to an article in the San Francisco Chronicle: "Youth movement at city halls across the nation: More municipalities are creating government seats for teens" [full article].
"Policymaking is starting at puberty these days... cities are drawing teenagers into government in a bid to create politically active -- rather than apathetic -- adults."
"The city of Hampton, Va., recognized as a national leader in youth civic engagement, has gone a step further, employing two teenagers part time in its Planning Department since 1997. The teens conduct research about services that would be helpful to their peers and also report to a Youth Commission, whose 24 members are paid a stipend to attend bimonthly meetings. The program was created after the city nearly spent $100,000 for park renovations; it halted groundbreaking after learning that local children longed not for the latest jungle gym but for cheap mounds of dirt."
Having a student on the Albemarle County School Board in the future is something I have discussed here before and I just participated in a workshop on youth involvement on school boards earlier this month at the NSBA Annual Conference. I am hoping we can start investigating the process in 2006 based on upcoming feedback from some of our high school students who have been exploring the possibility.