ONTARIO — The City of Ontario is spearheading a new initiative to seek out current high school students who are interested in local government to serve on one of several local committees.

This was just one of several new initiatives outlined by Ontario City Manager Adam Brown at the Ontario Community Forum on Jan. 29. Following up regarding this unique opportunity for current high school students in an email, Brown directed further questions to Ontario City Recorder Tori Barnett.

Barnett in an email to the Argus on Thursday wrote “there isn’t much to share/tell you.” The idea of encouraging youth in the area to join one of the city’s committees and finding ways to be more involved in the community is something that both the council and city manager have been speaking about, she said.

She continued to note that, “One idea proposed, as you know, is to appoint an interested young citizen onto each of the city boards, including the City Council. The proposal indicated this plan would not be implemented until the next school year, which would leave time for Council and staff to develop the procedure over the next few months.”

While this initiative is still in the planning stages, interested students are still encouraged to contact Ontario City Hall with any questions they many have regarding this opportunity.

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