The first Youth in Government Day was organized in the 1970s
under the first County Executive, Daniel T. Murphy, with the goal of developing
young adults into future leaders. For 15 consecutive years, Youth in Government
Day has been organized by the Oakland County Board of Commissioners, with the
enthusiastic support of current County Executive L. Brooks Patterson and other
County elected officials. The program continues to focus on connecting young
people with local government, encouraging them to engage and explore the ways
their participation can positively impact their lives and communities.