The city of Ceres has reinstituted its Ceres Youth Council program in November and met six times.
The group started out with 15 student members. At the conclusion of the program seven of the hard-core members were honored at the March 9 City Council meeting with city pins and certificates.
The program operates under the auspices of the city Recreation Department. Members learn about the role of the city manager, director of Community Department (Planning), police and fire, city clerk and human resources manager, and Finance Department.
All of the students who participated are from Ceres High School. They are Bridget Baptista, Gladys Hernandez, Brandon Lopez, Emily Marquez, Ulyssi Ortega Silva and Miguel Pato.
“We look forward to offering this program next year,” said Matthew Lohr, the city’s Recreation Department manager. “Definitely this program is worthwhile to expose high school students to future careers in public service.”
Councilman Channce Condit attended the meetings and thanked Lohr for leading the program and the students for participating, telling them, “I’m excited to see what the future holds for you.”