Students and Government Day

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SAG logoStudents and Government Day was created to assist Torrance students in the 8th grade in developing an effective civics education. Students who recognize and understand how local government works become more informed and involved citizens and voters. By participating in Students and Government Day, students learn the roles of the City Council and city staff by conducting a portion of a City Council meeting, learning the mechanics of self-governance, and participating at the local level.

Students and Government Day helps students to:

  • Develop an understanding of local city government
  • Promote participation in community affairs
  • Demonstrate that local government can and does affect our lives
  • Emphasize that we can effect change at the local level

This year’s event will take place Tuesday, May 7, 2019 during the normal City Council Meeting at 7 p.m. at City Hall.

The 2019 prompt is:

 “Communities encourage volunteering as a form of civic engagement. Design a program and explain how it can help make our community a better, safer, friendlier place to live. Describe what tools you would utilize (technology, social media, community meetings, etc.), how you would put your idea in action and why.”


The day's events will be carried out as follows:

1:00 p.m.                              Students arrive at Police Department (still photo)

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.                Tour of Police Department

2:00 p.m.                               Still Photo in front of Library

2:00 – 4:00 p.m.                Job Shadow City Councilmembers and Department Heads

4:00 – 5:15 p.m.                Rehearse City Council Meeting

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.                Simulated City Council Meeting Conducted by Students (Open to Parents and Guests of the Students, School Administrators and Educators, and City Officials and Staff)

6:30 – 7:30 p.m.                Dinner for Students, and Parents and Guests of Students


Students can either fill out the form online and print out their essay, or print the form and write their essay by hand.

Electronic Fillable Form

Printable Form

For more information, please contact John Jones at (310) 618-2937 or via email at JJones@TorranceCA.Gov.

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