Applications open for Mayor for a Day challenge

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The City of Airdrie is once again accepting applications for its Mayor for a Day challenge. Students in grades 5 to 12 can submit an application and, if chosen, will fill Mayor Peter Brown’s shoes for a day.

This is the sixth time the City has held the challenge. Applications are being accepted until Feb. 16 and can be written or in video format.

“Airdrie’s youth offer a unique perspective to programs and initiatives in our city (and) it is important we continue to provide ways for them to be engaged,” Mayor Peter Brown said. “This program is a great opportunity for youth to share their creativity and ideas for creating positive change within Airdrie.”

According to Pauline Clark, social planner, the City is looking for students to submit ideas that it can possibly implement.

“We really look at these ideas as conceptual ideas,” she said. “Some have been implemented in the past.”

The idea can be brand-new or a suggestion for how to improve or expand an existing program or policy. One winner will be chosen at the middle-school level and one at the high-school level.

Applications will be shortlisted by the Airdrie Board of Youth Affairs (ABYA) and City staff. Winners will be chosen by ABYA and City council.

The top four applications in each category will be reviewed by a judging panel in late April and assessed for originality, marketability and cost, ability of the City to implement the idea, and how the idea will benefit citizens.

The finalists will be expected to make a 10-minute presentation and answer questions about their idea.

Winners receive an iPad mini and have a chance to shadow Brown as he goes about his day, including chairing a meeting of council.

Last year’s winner at the middle-school level, Cruise Jackson, proposed the City host a thank you day at Nose Creek Park for all local first responders as a way of showing appreciation for the city’s firefighters, RCMP members and municipal enforcement.

Jordon Hawes, the high-school winner, won with his idea of providing school-aged students with free or inexpensive bus passes to encourage transit use.

Applications are being accepted on the City of Airdrie website at airdrie.ca

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