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Frederick Douglass Youth Citizens Academy offers students hands-on experience in city government

The Youth Citizens Academy is a joint, pilot project between the council office of Angela Evans, 6th District Councilmember, and Frederick Douglass High School to provide students with a hands-on look at the functions of city government.

They YCA’s first event will be a two-day Fire and Emergency Services Field Day on Nov. 20 and 21 on the Frederick Douglass High School campus. This inaugural event will be hosted by the Lexington Fire Department and will teach students about a variety of emergency response services that the department provides for the citizens of Fayette County. More than 360 freshmen from Frederick Douglass High School are expected to participate.

During the field day, students will be able to use a fire engine’s water hose, participate in fire extinguisher training and take part in bleeding control training and certification. Weather permitting, a medivac helicopter will be landing on-site and students will also be able to tour and learn about the vehicle’s functions.

The Fire and Emergency Services Field Day is meant to be the first of several Youth Citizens Academy events for high school students to learn first-hand about city government and its many functions. Look for additional YCA events to be announced in the coming months

City of Lexington

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