James Amaya will get an inside look at a career in local government before he graduates from high school during the County of Riverside’s Youth in Government Day on Wednesday Oct. 24.
The 17-year-old junior and more than 70 other students will spend a day on the job shadowing Riverside County professionals to learn more about local government and to identify potential careers. Last year Amaya was paired with staff from Youth Probation and visited the Twin Pines Ranch Boys Home in Idyllwild.
“It was such an eye-opener,” said Amaya, a Citrus High School student from Perris. “I had no idea what the department was all about and now I am interested in making it my career.”
Amaya was surprised to find young men intent on changing their lives.
“They told me Twin Pines changed them because of the positive staff,” he said. “I hope to work with the same department this year because of last year’s experience.”
Youth in Government Day is a project of the Riverside County Youth Commission. Students participate in everyday government functions that range from citing properties for code enforcement violations to helping at animal shelters.
This year, the day begins with opening remarks by Supervisor John Tavaglione at 8:30 a.m. and breakfast at the Riverside County Regional Park and Open Space District headquarters, 4600 Crestmore Road in Rubidoux.
Students will meet with their mentors, shadow them and then return to the district headquarters at 3 p.m. for closing remarks.
This event offers great storytelling, photo and mixed-media opportunities. For more information, reporters are encouraged to contact Kayla Benites at 951-955-0618.
*Contributed by the County of Riverside