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Kane County seeks teens for junior board program

Published: Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

GENEVA – High school students wanting to get a flavor of county government have their chance.

Kane County is working to launch a Junior Kane County Board, a new program Board Chairman Chris Lauzen hopes to begin within a month.

“This is a great thing,” Lauzen said.

The junior board is expected to meet about five times and will work on a project showing why it’s fun and rewarding to live, work and invest in Kane County, Lauzen said.

He said the final product could be a short video – up to 3 minutes long – that can be uploaded to YouTube.

Meanwhile, the teens will learn about agendas, Robert’s Rules of Order and how governing agencies divide work by committees, Lauzen said.

Essentially, he said, the junior board will mirror how the County Board operates and “learn by doing.” The junior board has the capacity for 72 teens – or three per county board district – but Lauzen said he would consider 20 participants a good start.

Interested high school students should call Lauzen’s office at 630-232-5931 for information. The program will be overseen by a community outreach coordinator, Lauzen said.

Last year, Cheryl Maraffio and Nick Scanlan were hired on a contract basis as community outreach coordinators. Lauzen said Wednesday that Scanlan’s contract hadn’t been renewed, and Maraffio resigned last week. Lauzen is working to fill those vacancies within the current budget, he said.

He noted contributions to the junior board program – and not taxpayer dollars – will pay for items purchased for the group, such as food and T-shirts.

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