Youth in Government Day

  2018 Youth in Government Day - May 23rd

This year's event will bring high school students from across Oakland County together to learn about local government, interact with judges and elected officials, and engage in mock debates. Students will have the opportunity to visit a courtroom and to learn about the forensics lab operated by the Oakland County Sheriff's Office. Eligible students will even have the opportunity to register to vote!

NEWS RELEASE: Board of Commissioners to host annual Youth in Government Day on May 23rd


For more information, please call Senior Community Liaison Kate Layton at 248-452-9471 or email

Registration is currently closed.

Please note that this event is intended for high school age students and that attendees must be accompanied by a school chaperone.

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 Event History

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 over 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.