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Teens go behind the scenes
Teens go behind the scenes

Local high school students through the Youth Advisory Committee proposed a new idea to Pinellas County Commissioners. They wanted a program, modeled after the existing Pinellas Citizen’s University, for teens-only to embark on a once-a-month project which would take them on a journey to better understand first-hand what goes into keeping the county running. Thus, Teens Behind the Scenes was born.

On Wednesday, Jan. 25, about a dozen high school students began their education in government, getting a firsthand look at Pinellas County Public Works. They saw what it takes to control the timing of traffic lights, make roadway signs, run Mosquito Control and operate the host of other services provided by the department.

In following sessions they investigated the roles of law enforcement, prosecuting and defense attorneys and judges. They visited the grand jury room, toured the Pinellas County Jail and got a behind-the-scenes look at Pinellas County Emergency Medical System.

The Pinellas County Youth Advisory Committee is comprised of high school students who provide input and assistance to the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners. Membership is open to high school students who reside in Pinellas County.

On Tuesday, April 24, at 6 p.m., in the final Teens Behind the Scenes session these students were officially congratulated for their achievement by the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners at its regular evening meeting. Each member of the Youth Advisory Committee received a Certificate of Recognition for helping make The Teens Behind the Scenes county program a success. 

For more information on Pinellas County services and programs, visit www.pinellascounty.org, now with LiveChat, or create a shortcut to www.pinellascounty.org/mobile on any smartphone. Pinellas County government is on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Pinellas County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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