By: Sharon Aron Baron
High School Students have an opportunity to earn service hours while learning first hand how local and state government works at the Annual Teen Political Forum now being held on April 24.
The 2014 Teen Political Forum, is an open mic style forum where students address state and local elected officials and ask questions that are important to them. Rescheduled for Thursday, April 24, at 6:30 pm after storms canceled the originally scheduled March date, high school students who live in Coral Springs or attend local Coral Springs high schools, are invited to attend this educational and leadership-building event.
Featured panelists at the Forum include:
- Mayor Vince Boccard
- Vice Mayor Larry Vignola
- Commissioner Claudette Bruck
- Commissioner Dan Daley
- Commissioner Tom Powers
- School Board Superintendent Robert Runcie
- School Board member Donna Korn
- School Board member Robin Bartleman
- School Board member Abby Freedman
- County Commissioner – not yet announced
Present in the audience to answer questions:
- Police Chief Tony Pustizzi
- Fire Chief Frank Babinec
- Circuit County Judge Ari Porth
- Gino Herring, Education Director, Supervisor of Elections Office
Last year, over 350 high school students representing Coral Springs High, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, Coral Glades High, Coral Springs Charter, J. P. Taravella High and Coral Springs Christian Academy attended the event.
Before the official event starts, students will be treated to complimentary food items donated by local restaurants. Participants will also have the opportunity to win prizes and earn those much-desired service hours.
Keep up with what teens are saying on Twitter by searching #TeenPoliticalForum. This event is planned and organized by high school students with guidance from Vice Mayor Larry Vignola and City staff.
To get an idea of the event format, visit www.CoralSprings.org/teenpoliticalforum. There you can watch the promo video produced by the students involved in organizing the event, among other details.
For more information, please call 954-344-1005. The Coral Springs Center for the Arts is located at 2855 Coral Springs Drive.