WOODLAND PARK, NJ - Woodland Park’s annual Youth Month kicked off in late April with a visit from Mayor Keith Kazmark to Memorial School.
There, he described the program and its similarities to running for real office. Students received descriptions of the jobs they could run for to be elected to by their peers.
“You get to learn about how the town works,” Kazmark said, detailing his own experience serving as a Youth Month councilman as a student. “And it may prompt you to someday get more involved.”
Following April 28’s election day at school, the students selected for the 20 available positions would have a number of opportunities to see their government in action.
On May 1, a tour of the town for the 20 elected students included stops at Fire Company No. 2, the DPW, Board of Education building, municipal building, police department, Alfred Baumann Library and WP First Aid Squad.
On May 3, students ran the Mayor and Council meeting from the dais, with their real counterparts sitting right behind, coaching as needed. The students approved important resolutions that included approvals for shared health services for residents through the County of Passaic, the application of a new firefighter, and a shared service contract with Totowa for code enforcement services.
In addition the participants are able to take part municipal court session next week and the May 22 Board of Education meeting.
The 2017 Youth Month participants are:
Mayor Titus Matthews
Council members Kaylyn Aponte, Jordyn Mccollum, Victoria Marques, Shea Lulla, Gerald Delacruz and Jessica Camal
Police Chief Aliyah Figueroa
Fire Chief Jason Gordon
Borough Administrator Abigail Shaw
Borough Treasurer Anthony Giannotte
Borough Attorney Tiyahna Guy
First Aid Squad Captain Yaman Hannineh
Superintendent of Schools Elliot Whitney
Borough Court Judge Yaslyn Garcia
Recreation Coordinator Alejandro Rosario
Superintendent of Public Works Xavier Mallek
Board of Education President Sarah Mitchell
Library Director Zander Timothy
Municipal Clerk Joseph Celentano