The City of Weston recognizes the rewards of educating our community and our youth and encouraging involvement in the community. The following programs were developed to foster civic education in Weston.
“The City That Talks” picture book, provided by The Florida League of Cities, is a civics education lesson to teach our youngest residents (ages 4-8, pre-k through second grade) about city services with a fun and friendly story. Your Weston City Commission reads this wonderful story to students. Come along for a walk through a city and be ready to discuss what the favorite thing in YOUR city is.
The digital version of the book is also available at readers2leaders.com in Spanish and Creole, along with educational resources for all ages.
I Led the Pledge Program
Each school year, elementary school students from Weston schools are invited to lead the pledge at City Commission meetings from September through May. School faculty members choose the group to represent their school on their assigned date. The student groups – which include student council, safety patrol, honor roll students and more – have the opportunity to lead the pledge and introduce themselves to the Mayor and the audience, prior to shaking hands with all city officials on the dais.
Initiated by the City of Weston in 2002, Weston University is a seven-month program for high school students that provides participants with an opportunity to learn about state and local government through a combination of classroom and real-world experiences from the people who work in the City’s municipal operations. The program concept was originated by Weston's first City Manager, John R. Flint, and developed by the City's Director of Communications, Denise Barrett-Miller. Select students who reside in Weston and attend Cypress Bay, Western and Sagemont High Schools are selected by their school to participate each year.
Weston University Police Services Academy
The Police Services Academy is offered in the summer, to a limited number of Weston residents ages 11-17. With support from the City of Weston, this program provides kids the opportunity to explore law enforcement services on an in-depth basis with hands-on exercises. It also provides education and safety training, and exposes students to a variety of career paths. The nine-week program which meets once a week, takes place June through August, is enriching, educational and fun. city’s Weston University Program, the program provides an extension of civics education to those students wanting something a little different than the average summer fare.
If you have questions regarding the City’s civic education programs, call 954-385-2000 or send an email inquiry.