70th Annual Youth-In-Government Day

Goshen, NY – Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus recently helped celebrate the 70th annual Youth-in-Government Day hosted by the Orange County Youth Bureau and Orange/Ulster BOCES. 

Nine school districts from Orange County participated in Youth-in-Government Day – Chester, S.S. Seward, Middletown, Newburgh, Cornwall, James I. O’Neill, Minisink Valley, Valley Central and Washingtonville. Students spent much of the day shadowing representatives from Orange County’s 24 departments, including the Airport, Mental Health, Social Services and Youth Bureau. Some students who participated were elected to positions such as the County Executive, Sheriff and Family Court Judge.

“I had a wonderful time meeting with and getting to know so many of the students at Youth-in-Government Day,” Neuhaus said. “They are a talented group of young men and women, and possess so much energy. Their dedication and spirit is extremely impressive.”

Students elected to the positions of County Legislators were able to use their debating skills and participate in a mock legislative session. From there, they watched a real Orange County legislative session in the County’s Emergency Services Building in Goshen. The day concluded with a luncheon at the Holiday Inn in Middletown, where students had informal discussions with Neuhaus, County Legislators and other County officials.

“It was an exciting day and it’s very encouraging to see the connection between the students and Orange County representatives,” said Rachel Wilson, Executive Director of the Orange County Bureau. “Of course, we encourage all of the students to continue their commitment to the community. They certainly all have bright futures.”

Wilson encouraged students to continue exploring their interest in government by applying to the Orange County Summer Youth Internship Program. Coordinated by the Orange County Youth Bureau, this program provides unpaid work experience to high school students who are sophomores, juniors or graduating seniors. Volunteers have the opportunity to gain work experience in a variety of county departments. Students can contact the Youth Bureau at 845.615.3620 about this and many other programs serving youth and families.