Academy gives students a look at city government

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This year’s Youth Citizens Academy, hosted by the city of Wilson Human Relations, is July 16 - 20.

Twenty slots will be open to rising ninth- and 12th-graders. The academy will be held daily from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Charles W. Pittman III Operations Center at 1800 Herring Ave. Lunch will be provided at no cost.

The academy is designed to give students the opportunity to gain insight into the operations of local government. Students will be able to observe some of the day-to-day activities within the city of Wilson. There will be presentations from many departments, hands-on activities and interactions and tours of various city facilities.

The academy’s goal is to give students the opportunity to begin considering career choices and start the process of developing future leaders in Wilson.

“We have had the opportunity to meet some great students in Wilson County through the academy. We hope that the academy will guide them into taking interest in their community. We also want them to have an opportunity to ask questions and gain more insight into different fields of work, said Renee Smith, human relations director.

Although the academy is free, registration is required. Students interested in attending should stop by the Wilson Human Relations office at 104 Goldsboro St. or call the office at 252-399-2308 to receive an application.