In Eden Prairie we have a Students on Commissions program that gives high school students an opportunity to learn about local government by serving on one of our five City commissions:
- Conservation Commission
- Flying Cloud Airport Advisory Commission
- Heritage Preservation Commission
- Human Rights and Diversity Commission
- Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources Commission
The students apply to serve on one of the above Commissions and are subsequently appointed by the City Council. They will be expected to attend the regular monthly meetings of the commissions. They will also receive the same meeting packet materials that we provide to our regular commission members. Aside from attending the meetings and receiving the materials, we strongly encourage them to participate in the discussions at the meetings. We want them to provide their feedback and actively participate in the meetings as a regular Commission members would.
We conduct this program each year because we feel it is important to help educate Eden Prairie students about local government. This is basically our small part in teaching citizenship to the youth of Eden Prairie — in a live setting.
Yesterday we conducted an orientation session for our new student Commissioners. We provided an overview of the City governance structure and City operations. The orientation concluded with small group discussions the students had with their respective staff liaisons. The students begin their service to the City starting with their Commission meetings in September.
We are looking forward to their involvement and input.