Harris Engages Youth With New MPP for a Day ProgramJanuary 17, 2012
KITCHENER — Today, Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Michael Harris officially launched his MPP for a Day program, one of several youth-focused initiatives promised during the election.
This engaging, new program will give local students in Grades 6 to 10 the opportunity to spend a day in the life of MPP Harris and experience the province’s political process firsthand at Queen’s Park.
To apply for the program, interested students must complete an application form available online, which includes several questions about Ontario’s political system and a 100-word short-answer response detailing why they would make a good MPP for a day. Students in Grades 8 to 10 are asked to provide an additional response explaining one thing they would like to change in the province of Ontario.
MPP for a Day runs from February to June and September to November. Each month, one successful Grade 6 or 7 student and one Grade 8, 9 or 10 student will go to Queen’s Park and be introduced in the legislature, attend Question Period, meet legislators, tour the legislative buildings and spend time with MPP Michael Harris. At the end of the day, participants will receive a certificate designating them Honourary MPP for Kitchener-Conestoga.
Students selected each month to participate will be contacted two weeks in advance of the scheduled day at Queen’s Park. Applications are accepted throughout the year and are kept on file, so only one application is required. Application forms are available online at MichaelHarrisMPP.ca.
“Encouraging local youth to become interested in politics requires that we first show an interest in them. During the election, I promised to introduce engaging, new programs to get local youth more involved. This program is the first step to achieving just that.” ~ Michael Harris, MPP Kitchener-Conestoga
“My commitment to engaging local youth comes from the experiences I had growing up, and during my time at Conestoga College. My involvement in high school and college politics inspired me to get involved in our community and eventually run for public office. I hope the MPP for a Day program encourages participants to also become more involved in the community.” ~ Michael Harris, MPP Kitchener-Conestoga.