What began in 1978 as a weeklong observation in Santa Rosa, California, and was proclaimed by President Jimmy Carter as National Women’s History Week just two years later, is now officially Women’s History Month. First established by an act of Congress in 1987, the annual declaration memorializes the contributions women have made to U.S. history.
Here in Oakland County, the Board of Commissioners is recognizing local women for the historic impact they have made in their communities. Commissioners were invited to submit the names of exceptional women for this honor as part of the Board’s celebration of March as Women’s History Month. This is the second year the Board has honored outstanding local women.
The Oakland County Board of Commissioners, along with Oakland County Parks and Recreation (OCPR), recently passed out more than 90 native plant kits to residents looking to expand their home gardens with native plants. Although the curbside distribution event has passed, those interested in preventing invasive species can still do so with plants indigenous to the region.
On May 23rd, the Oakland County Board of Commissioners showcased county government in action to area high school students during their annual Youth in Government Day. Civic engagement was the priority for the day as students engaged in critical thinking exercises and learned about the different departments in county government and how they support the community.
The event, which drew more than 100 high school students from across the county, featured speakers, mock debates, a courtroom visit, and engaging demonstrations centered on Oakland County’s role in the lives of its citizens. Continue reading →
This coming May, high school students from across Oakland County will participate in the Oakland County Board of Commissioners’ annual Youth in Government Day. The event focuses on encouraging young people to better understand, engage with, and participate in local government. Eligible students will even have the opportunity to register to vote!
Following in the footsteps of last year’s successful event, Youth in Government Day will once again focus on two important aspects of helping Oakland County students become more active, informed, and influential citizens: critical thinking and developing a broader understanding of the many ways local government impacts daily life.
Take a look at our video for a preview of what students can expect to see and do: