Youth in Government Day

The Board of Commissioners hosts Youth in Government Day every year in the Courthouse building on the county campus in Pontiac, Michigan. Youth in Government Day brings together high school students from across Oakland County for this exciting program, which includes the opportunity for attendees to learn about local government, interact with Oakland County elected officials and judges, and watch an exciting demonstration by an Oakland County Sheriff K-9 unit. Eligible students also have the opportunity to register to vote.

Youth in Government Day will be held on February 5, 2020. Registration will open in September.

For more information or to sign up for event updates, please contact Community Liaison Haley Hansen by phone at 248-858-1092 or by email to

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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.