Orange County Government, Florida
Contact: Ann Marie Varga
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26 February 2014
Mayor Teresa Jacobs Hosts Third Annual Youth Leadership Conference

Orange County, FL – Mayor Teresa Jacobs will host her Youth Leadership Conference—with more than 200 student leaders from Orange County Public Schools—at Rollins College on Friday, February 28.

Now in its third year, the annual Conference allows students to learn about county government functions, how best to participate in community initiatives, and how to strengthen their leadership skills. The Conference covers topics such as land use & zoning, code enforcement, community service and engages the teens in mock public hearings. The students taking part in the Conference were selected by their high school principals.

Special guests from the WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) Superstars and WWE Divas are scheduled make a surprise appearance during the event. The conference also features a Youth Issues Forum, a panel discussion on issues and challenges faced by this generation of students.

Mayor Jacobs will be joined by other community leaders during the mock hearings, including Orange County Supervisor of Elections Bill Cowles, Chairman of the Orange County School Board Bill Sublette, Superintendent of Orange County Public Schools Dr. Barbara Jenkins, City Year Orlando Vice President and Executive Director Jordan Plante, members of Orange County’s Board of County Commissioners and school board members.

The event is open to the media, but Mayor Jacobs and selected students will only be available for interviews from 12:45 to 1 p.m.


Date: Friday, February 28, 2014
Location: Rollins College, Harold and Ted Alfond Sports Center
Address 1000 Holt Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789

8 a.m. Open and Welcome
8:30 a.m. Community service session
8:45 a.m. Local Government 101 Session
9:20 to 10:30 a.m. Breakout hearings: land use & zoning and code enforcement
11:40 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Youth Issues Forum
12:30 p.m. Mayor for a Day Video Challenge and closing remarks
12:45 p.m. Mayor and students available for interviews

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About Orange County Government: Orange County Government strives to serve its citizens and guests with integrity, honesty, fairness and professionalism. Located in Central Florida, Orange County includes 13 municipalities and is home to world famous theme parks, the nation’s second largest convention center, and a thriving life science research park. Seven elected members make up the Board of County Commissioners including the Mayor who is elected countywide. For more information please visit or go to the Orange County facebook and twitter pages.