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Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Tracey Henry and Suzannah DiMarzio

Teens get a closer look at government



wethepeople.jpgHigh school students can get an inside look at Pinellas County government in the new Teens Behind the Scenes program. Ask your teen, have you ever seen a medic respond to a heart attack? Do you know how large a traffic signal is or what it’s like to be behind bars?

Teens Behind the Scenes gives them an exclusive look at the inner workings of Pinellas County government. "Once a month from January to April, teens will go behind the scenes to experience first-hand what goes into keeping the county running," a news release says.

Presented by the county’s Youth Advisory Committee, Teens Behind the Scenes was created by students for students and is modeled after the popular Pinellas Citizens University. The sessions will meet the fourth Wednesday of the month from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the site of the featured department.

Program Line-Up

Survivor … Public Works
Jan. 25

Take a trip to the public works building and explore traffic control, engineering and more.

Law & Order
Feb. 22

Investigate the roles of law enforcement, prosecuting attorneys, defense attorneys and the judge.

Most Wanted!
March 21

Take a tour of the Pinellas County Jail. Learn about intake, maximum security, and direct supervision. (Parental release required to participate.)

9-1-1  101
April 18

Get an up-close look at the Pinellas County EMS system and get the chance to participate in a first responders’ demonstration.

Awards Night (6 p.m.)
April 24

Be on PCC-TV with your county commissioners and receive your certificate

This free program is open to high school students who are at least 14 years old. The registration deadline for each session is two weeks before the program date. Class size is limited, so don't wait if you are interested.

To register, go to  or call (727) 582-2656.

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