Summer at City Hall
“I loved meeting all of the guest speakers from the Mayor to the Congressmember and more. They were passionate and motivating. I also enjoyed shadowing the police department, going on a ride along and getting to know a little about how the police system works.
I learned on how the city works, about the local government. I also learned how I can get involved with internships and volunteering. I learned on how to make a resume, interview tips and scholarships.
I encourage students to do it because although it might sound boring having to spend summer hours learning about the government, it really isn’t like that. It teaches soft skills very crucial to getting a job or building a career. It gives a sense of the community and how one can be involved. You get to learn about many opportunities and meet the professionals. And have fun doing it all!”
– Participant, Sheldon High School
About the program
Since 2015, the City of Elk Grove and Elk Grove Unified School District (EGUSD) have partnered to implement Summer at City Hall (SACH), a two-week summer program engaging 20-25 high school students in civic education, job shadowing, and educational presentations from community leaders. SACH is an extension of EGUSD’s public service, law and justice pathways. Graduates of SACH have served on the Youth Commission, an ensemble of students that advises the City Council on issues affecting youth.
Youth have a variety of opportunities in their summer experience at city hall. Agency staff and youth work together so that teens have the opportunity to:
- Participate in job shadows
- Organize and participate in a mock council meeting
- Attend classes held at City Hall and EGUSD offices
- Learn about the public agencies they are job shadowing
- Learn soft skills and what to expect in a work environment
- Research an advocacy issue
- Debrief with peers and leaders about job shadow experience
- Participate in field trips to public facilities
- Graduate from the program in a ceremony with family and friends attending.
This 2018 video, created by students, showcases the purpose and impact of Elk Grove’s Civic Summer.
In the video below, see the youth from Elk Grove participate in a mock council meeting and graduation from their summer civic education and work-based learning experience.