CD12 Honors E12 Students in Council
Posted by Mitchell Englander on August 12, 2016 at 8:57 AM
This week, I was proud to honor the students who participated in our 4th Annual E12 Excellence in Public Service Leadership Program in City Council. Throughout summer, these students have made a real difference in their communities working to alleviate homelessness by organizing a donation drive. The students also coordinated events for kids at the Devonshire PALS Center. As the year progresses, these students will continue the work they have begun with our CD12 staff to establish a support system for students with autism and their parents and to develop an early intervention program for first-time juvenile offenders.
These students have explored the city utilizing the public transportation system, visiting Chinatown, Downtown Los Angeles, Lincoln Heights, and Northridge just to name a few. During their tours, students learned about homelessness, information technology, and food insecurity in the Los Angeles Community. Students also had the opportunity to engage with the City’s public works system and programs including “Great Streets,” “Complete Streets,” “Green Streets,” “Safe Streets,” and many others in the City of Los Angeles.
This summer’s cohort of E12 students marked the largest class ever with 15 participants, as the quality of applicants made the selection process difficult to narrow down. While a strong academic background is important, GPA alone was not the only determining factor for selecting these amazing individuals. During the application process each student was asked “What is the biggest issue facing your community? And what action/community service project can you implement to help resolve this issue?”
Their answers were a crucial aspect of the application process, because not only do we want to hear about the most pressing problems in our community from a student’s perspective, we also want to hear their ideas and solutions. It was a privilege to work alongside these students as active community members as they work towards bettering Council District 12.
-Mitchell Englander, Councilmember Twelfth District
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