By: Sharon Aron Baron
Attention all local teens: the 2015 Teen Political Forum, an open mic style forum where students address state and local elected officials is right around the corner and this is your chance to earn service hours while learning firsthand how local and state government works.
Created by former Mayor Roy Gold when he was a commissioner, the political forum has been a fixture in the city since its inception in 2007.
The Teen Political Forum will be held on Monday, January 26 at the Coral Springs Center for the Arts from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. High school students, who live in Coral Springs or attend any of the local Coral Springs high schools, are invited to attend this educational and leadership-building event.
State and county elected officials will be in attendance, along with the Coral Springs City Commission. Last year, over 900 high school students attended this award-winning event, representing Coral Springs High, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, Coral Glades High, Coral Springs Charter, J. P. Taravella High and Coral Springs Christian Academy.
Before the official event starts, students will be treated to complimentary food items donated by local restaurants. Students will also have the opportunity to win prizes and earn those coveted service hours. The school with the largest attendance stands to win a Traveling Trophy, as well as $1,000 in cash to be used for a school-related improvement program.
No registration is required. Service hours will be offered to students who stay for the entire program.