Model New York City Council

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The Model New York City Council Project was initiated in 2002 to provide students enrolled in the College Now program with a unique leadership development opportunity. During a series of intensive training seminars with faculty mentors, participants learn about the government of New York City, civic representation and the legislative process. At the conclusion of their training, participants convene in the City Council Chamber at City Hall for a Model City Council meeting, where they debate and vote on a real legislative issue.

Learning Objectives

Model New York City participants will learn about the structure and legislative procedures of the New York City Council while tackling a real public policy issue. Participants will have the opportunity to:


The Model New York City Council Project is open to high school juniors and seniors who are enrolled in or have completed at least one College Now course of workshop. Students who wish to participate must be able to attend the mandatory training sessions as well as the final Model City Council session and reception at City Hall. All participants must be willing to commit to the goals of the project and participate actively during the training component.


To participate in the Model City Council Project, students must submit the following:

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