GovChat: Engaging Youth Leaders

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Actively engaged youth are important to a thriving City. To better engage Fort Lauderdale’s emerging youth leaders, Class 6 of the Fort Lauderdale's Neighbor Leadership Academy, in partnership with the City’s Education Office, is hosting Fort Lauderdale GovChat on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at Fort Lauderdale City Hall from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

 For more information, please contact Keith Farrell at (954) 828-6653 or email


GovChat is a half-day forum designed to educate civically-minded students about municipal government and create a space for teens to speak up about pertinent issues.

During this event, students will have an opportunity to participate in one-on-one conversations with elected officials, city staff, and community leaders. At the end of the evening, students will receive community service hours, a Certificate of Completion, and will be officially recognized by the Fort Lauderdale City Commission. Check out the participation requirements below.

Sign up for GovChat today and let your voice be heard. Get the flyer pdf to post and share.

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Participation Requirements

To be considered for GovChat you must :

  1. Be between 15 and 18 years old. 
  2. Be a current resident of the City of Fort Lauderdale and/or attend a local high school. 
  3. Be willing to commit to a one-night program from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, January 29.
  4. Be willing to participate in a brief, follow-up assignment about what you learned in the program. 
  5. Submit the proper parent(s) / guardian(s) approval form.
  6. Be willing to be photographed for City promotional materials. 


Activities for GovChat include:

  • Introduction to Local Government
  • Meet and Greet with City Elected Officials
  • Breakout Sessions on Youth Policy Issues

Apply today!

The City is currently accepting applications through Friday, January 17, 2020 at 5 p.m.

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