While the goal of our Summer Jobs program is to acquaint teens with valuable lessons about the legal profession to be learned in their offices, our weekly Enrichment Seminars are designed to provide unique experiences outside the office.
This week, our students visited the Boston City Council Chambers. Larry DiCara, a partner at Nixon Peabody and former City Council President, led the students through a debate. Different groups of students posed as stakeholders delivering their opinions on a hypothetical proposal to enforce a curfew for Boston teenagers.
The students also had the opportunity to ask questions regarding the relationship between the different branches of city government and the requirements to become a local political leader.
Some of the takeaways from the students who participated include:
- “I enjoyed this seminar because I think that it provided me with valuable information regarding proper public speaking presentation.”
- “This was helpful for my future voting.”
- “It was very informative, it opened my mind to different perceptions that other people might have.”
DiCara, who has volunteered his time to the Summer Jobs program for years, expressed the importance of civic engagement to the students.
“The goal is not for every single one of you to become active in politics, although I hope some of you will. The goal is to be sure that you are good citizens, that you participate and that you vote when you can. When this summer is over, it is my hope that you know a little something about the law and the government, and that you are ready for the next step in your lives,” he said.