PERRIS, Calif. (October 24, 2019) –– The City of Perris in partnership with the Association of Professionals and Students -Inland Empire & Desert Chapter, hosted a Youth Civic Workshop at the Bob Glass Gymnasium on October 24, 2019.
Attendees were able to learn from key representatives about government responsibilities at the city, county, state, and federal levels.
In attendance for the Youth Civic Workshop were Mayor Pro Tem Marisela Magaña, Council Member Malcolm Corona, Perris City Manager Richard Belmudez, Assistant City Manager Isabel Carlos and City of Perris Director of Community Services Sabrina Chavez. Additionally, guest speakers were as follows, Miranda Lara of Supervisor Jeff Hewitt’s Office, Cesar Gomez of Assembly Member Jose Medina’s office of the 61st District, Carina Tamayo of Senator Richard Roth’s office of the 31st district, Ignacio Romero from the office of Congressman Mark Takano, and from the Association of Professionals and Students, Inland Empire and Desert Chapter, Lupe Gomez and Zabdi Uribe.
Participants were able to learn about government involvement at the local and federal levels, learn about government structure and even voter information, such as the electoral college and Congress.
Mayor Pro Tem Marisela Magaña encourage attendees to use their voice and stand up for what their values.
“Always fight for what you believe in,” said Magaña. “Continue to fight because it is worthy and necessary and at the end of the day, you will be on the right side of history.”
Council Member Malcolm Corona emphasized the need for today’s youth to be informed about government, as they are the future leaders of tomorrow.
“This is a great event and I hope our young residents feel they are capable and qualified for the future,” said Corona. We need them to lead our society and make decisions for the future of our community.
Perris City Manager Richard Belmudez was enthusiastic to see the turn out and see people learn about the role of government.
“I hope people learned today that your vote matters,” said Belmudez. “The way you participate in your government, from local to federal, by showing up and participating.”