Young learners from grades 10 to 11 now have the opportunity to join the Junior City Council (JCC), a non-political programme run by the City which aims to expose secondary school learners in Cape Town to the working of the City Council.
The programme, which will run over six months, offers young learners the opportunity to develop key leadership skills, community project management skills, broaden their knowledge of local government in the context of Cape Town, and cultivate a culture of active citizenry through ensureing they become ambassadors withing their communities.
Two learners per subcouncil in the City will be accepted by the programme to ensure that it is inclusive of the realities of junior councillors as they represent their respective communities. The Junior Council elects their own Junior Mayor, Junior Deputy Mayor, Junior Speaker and Junior Chief Whip.
How to apply:
There are two steps learners need to take in order to be shortlisted for the programme: First they must complete the online application form, which includes information of the applicant’s school, parents’ signatures and a motivation letter. Along with the application form, young applicants also need to submit a 90-second video explaining how they would change their community if selected as a Junior Councillor. The closing date for applications is Friday 17 June 2022