The objectives of Civic Day are to help students:
- Become acquainted with the daily activities of local government
- Understand the role, purpose, and importance of public administration
- Learn the significance of voter registration, campaign, and election process
- Increase awareness of the impact of community participation and engagement
To accomplish these objectives, El Segundo’s Civic Day is actually separated into two three-hour sessions on different dates. Part 1 is Shadow Day where ESHS seniors were elected, and/or appointed, to shadow officials and/or executives of the City of El Segundo. The El Segundo City Council and department heads also had the opportunity to listen to the students’ perspectives on the different issues the city faces and how their generation might address each one.
Part 2 is Mock City Council Meeting Day and is set to take place May 23 in the Council Chamber from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. Students will get hands-on experience and be part of a mock City Council Meeting. During the meeting, the students will share their ideas, solutions, and recommendation to the issues that were presented and discussed during Shadow Day. Like regular City Council meetings, the press is invited to attend. It will also be televised on El Segundo TV and posted YouTube. Students, parents, and the community are invited to attend and watch live.
Everyone is encouraged to be part of the conversation and post on social media channels using the hash tag #elsegundocivicday2018.