The City of Austin and AISD partner for AustinCorps, a civic education and leadership development program for Austin high school students.
AustinCorps combines classroom curriculum on local government with a hands-on experience at City Hall. In the fall semester, students meet twice weekly with city policymakers and administrators to become familiar with city government. In the spring, students complete a mentored internship with the city, and work in small groups to plan and execute a community project.
Former Mayor Lee Leffingwell said the main objective of AustinCorps is to promote community engagement among Austin students. “Our most valuable resource as a city is our young people,” said Leffingwell. “If we can do more now to educate and engage our students in local government and civic life, the entire community will ultimately reap the reward.”